Summerfield Methodist dedicates
Texas historical marker Saturday
Celebrating 144 years of spreading the “Good News,” Summerfield United Methodist Church will unveil an Official Texas Historical Marker 11 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 5).
The church is located at 7078 Tryon Road, in the Judson community just north of Longview. The public is invited to the marker unveiling, reception and a 1 p.m. gospel singing service, according to the Rev. Christopher Charles, pastor.
Founded in 1869, the church stands “as the only remaining namesake of the pioneer community known as Summerfield,” according to the historical marker text. The original church property was donated by Rev. B.W. Brown, an early state legislator responsible for the formation and naming of Gregg County.
According to the marker, “The church formed one of the first official woman’s church societies in the area in 1937 and has been the anchor of the community since the mid-19th century.”
The marker dedication is part of a “Homecoming Celebration” being held by Summerfield UMC this weekend. Current and former members, families and friends have been invited to a 10:50 a.m. “Homecoming” Sunday worship service.
Gregg County is home to more than 100 Official Texas Historical Markers denoting people, places and events of historical significance.
The Gregg County Historical Commission oversees the county’s historic preservation program. Working with Summerfield UMC was the local historical commission’s research and marker committee chaired by Gem Meacham.
For more information, call 903-663-0116.