First Methodist Church. Begun by Littleton Fowler, 1839. Job M. Baker, first pastor. Organized 1845. Built 1861 on site given by Wm. M. and Mary M. Johnston. Bricks hand-molded, beams hand-hewn. Gallery in north end for slave members. Munitions stored in basement during Civil War. Bell, given to Confederacy, replaced 1865 by one stolen from Federal Army. During World War I, this sold for metal. While pastor here, 1866, Dr. E. M. Marvin was elected bishop. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1965 #10157