Details for Aubrey First United Methodist Church (Atlas Number 5507016799)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5507016799

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Marker Number 16799
Atlas Number 5507016799
Marker Title Aubrey First United Methodist Church
Index Entry Aubrey First United Methodist Church
Address 113 W. Plum
City Aubrey
County Denton
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 687502
UTM Northing 3687182
Subject Codes religion, churches, methodist
Marker Year 2011
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location southeast corner of Plum and Maple
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text IN 1858, DR. GEORGE T. KEY AND HIS FAMILY, ORIGINALLY FROM MISSOURI, MOVED TO DENTON COUNTY AND SETTLED NEAR THE PRESENT TOWN OF AUBREY. THERE THEY BUILT LOG CABINS, ONE OF WHICH WAS USED FOR A SCHOOL AND CHURCH. THE BUILDING, KNOWN AS THE KEY SCHOOL HOUSE, WAS THE HOME OF ONE OF THE FIRST METHODIST CHURCHES ESTABLISHED IN DENTON COUNTY, LATER RENAMED AUBREY METHODIST CHURCH. FOR YEARS, THE CONGREGATION OF THE AUBREY METHODIST CHURCH MET AT THE KEY SCHOOL AND IN MEMBERS’ HOMES UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF REVEREND F.V. EVANS. IN 1885, L.N. EDWARDS MADE AN ADDITION TO THE ORIGINAL TOWN PLAT OF AUBREY AND OFFERED A FREE LOT TO EACH CHURCH. THE AUBREY METHODIST CHURCH ACCEPTED THE LOTS ON THE CORNER OF PLUM AND MAPLE STREETS. ED F. BATES, A PIONEER CITIZEN OF THE COUNTY, DONATED FUNDS TO BUILD A CHURCH BUILDING AS CHURCH FUNDS WERE EXTREMELY SCARCE. CONSTRUCTION ON A WOOD-FRAME BUILDING WAS COMPLETED IN 1886. ON APRIL 14, 1918, A DEVASTATING TORNADO SWEPT THROUGH AUBREY AND DESTROYED THE CHURCH. A NEW, ONE-STORY BRICK VENEER BUILDING WAS COMPLETED IN FEBRUARY 1919. THE EXQUISITE PRE-RAPHAEL STYLE STAINED GLASS WINDOWS DEPICT STORIES OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH AND ALLOW VIBRANT COLORS TO FILL THE SANCTUARY. IN 1968, THE CHURCH WAS RENAMED AUBREY FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH WHEN THE EVANGELICAL UNITED BRETHREN CHURCH AND THE METHODIST CHURCH COMBINED. THE CHURCH INCORPORATED AND BUILT AN ADJACENT FELLOWSHIP HALL IN 1986. FROM MEETING IN A LOG CABIN TO ENDURING A CYCLONE, THE AUBREY FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OVERCAME MANY OBSTACLES AND CONTINUES TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY.

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Aubrey First United Methodist Church (RTHL)
Aubrey First United Methodist Church (RTHL)