Details for The Wesley Brethren Church (Atlas Number 5477008405)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5477008405

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Marker Number 8405
Atlas Number 5477008405
Marker Title The Wesley Brethren Church
Index Entry Wesley Brethren Church, The
Address
City Wesley
County Austin
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 741126
UTM Northing 3328611
Subject Codes Czech immigrants/immigration; churches
Marker Year 1966
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location From Brenham, take FM 332 about 10 mi. SW to Wesley Church Rd., follow rd. 1/2 mi. E to church. Wesley is in Washington County but the church is in Austin County.
Marker Size Medallion and Plate
Marker Text First congregation in Texas of the Czech-Moravian Brethren. Organized 1864 by Rev. Joseph Opocensky. Ministry had begun in homes, with settlers coming as far as 20 miles to worship. This first church built 1866, principally of hand-hewn logs. Necessary lumber was hauled by ox-carts from Galveston. Native rock and oak logs in foundation. Until about 1900, served also as school, usually with pastor as the teacher.