Montgomery Baptist Church Building – Montgomery, Texas

This historical marker is located at the corner of Pond and Caroline Street in Montgomery. The church is known as just the “Old Baptist Church”.

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On Dec. 17, 1850, the Baptist Church bought a parcel of land from Peter J. and Richard Willis for $75.  On Dec. 28, 1850, “the brethren and sisters of the town of Montgomery and vicinity, met in Montgomery for the formation of a church.

In 1853, Rev. Thomas Chilton was the church’s first full-time pastor but in August of the following year he would die of a heart attack in front of his congregation.

The church has beautiful Gothic Architecture that can be seen on all sides of the building and at the top of the steeple.

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At the side walk area there is an old picture of the church on display. Its difficult to see but it is a picture from 1918.

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Historical Marker Reads:

Montgomery Baptist Church Building

Baptist in Montgomery organized a fellowship in 1850 and purchased land at this site the same year. In 1853, the Rev. Thomas Chilton became the church’s first full-time pastor. This vernacular Gothic revival sanctuary was constructed in 1902, during the pastorate of O. P. Stark, who is said to have designed the building himself. A 1918 storm destroyed the upper part of the steeple, and an education wing was added in the 1940s. The congregation met here for worship until 1979.

Recorded Historical Marker Year – 1985

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