Fairview Methodist Church in Historic Nacogdoches County

Fairview Methodist Church in Historic Nacogdoches County

Fairview Methodist Church in Historic Nacogdoches County



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FAIRVIEW METHODIST
CHURCH
ORGANIZED 1870, REBUILT 1904
PRESENT BUILDING 1949
REV. ROBERT DEAN PASTOR
BUILDING COMMITTEE
LEONARD WHITEHEAD------MISS GENIA PARKS
BARHAM SISCO------MRS. MAUDE WHITE
MATT COATS------ERNEST SMITH
HORACE THOMAS------A. J. MUCKLEROY



Originally known as Pine Grove Church, Fairview Methodist Church
was established in 1860. A small log building was built on Fairview Hill
and in 1884 a frame building was erected. A second frame building was built on
the same site in 1904 and the present building was constructed in 1949-50.15
Behind the Church is historic Fairview Cemetery with the earliest marked grave dated 1847.
Here is the Text from the State of Texas Historical Marker of Fairview Cemetery:



FAIRVIEW CHURCH CEMETERY

ACCORDING TO TRADITION, A SMALL GROUP OF
NACOGDOCHES AREA METHODISTS CAME TOGETHER
BEFORE 1860 TO ORGANIZE A CHURCH, WHICH THEY
NAMED PINE GROVE. IN THE LATE 1870'S
CONGREGATION MEMBERS MOVED THEIR SMALL LOG
BUILDING TO A SITE IN FRONT OF THIS CEMETERY.
A. J. MUCKLEROY, IN 1878, HAD DONATED TWO
ACRES OF LAND TO THE METHODIST EPISCOPAL
CHURCH, SOUTH. WHEN THE PINE GROVE CHURCH
MOVED TO THE MUCKLEROY LAND, THE
CONGREGATION CHANGED ITS NAME TO FAIRVIEW
CHURCH.
THE EARLIEST MARKED GRAVE AT THE FAIRVIEW
CHURCH CEMETERY IS THAT OF ELIJAH MUCKLEROY
AND DATES TO 1851, ALTHOUGH EARLIER GRAVES
MAY EXIST. FOR DECADES, FAMILIES OF THOSE
BURIED IN THE GRAVEYARD MAINTAINED THE
GROUNDS AND GRAVE SITES. IN 1941, THE FAMILIES
ESTABLISHED AN ANNUAL HOMECOMING SUNDAY,
AND BY 1964 THE FAIRVIEW CEMETERY ASSOCIATION
HAD ORGANIZED TO OVERSEE CARE OF THE
CEMETERY. TODAY, ENCOMPASSING APPROXIMATELY
12 ACRES AND MORE THAN 1,500 MARKED GRAVES,
THE CEMETERY FEATURES STONE CAIRNS AND
CURBED PLOTS. IT SERVES AS A LINK TO THE EARLY
RURAL COMMUNITY AND THE HISTORY OF ITS
SETTLEMENT.




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