Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Redlands Church

THIS CHURCH TRACES ITS HISTORY TO 1873, WHEN A SMALL GROUP OF WORSHIPPERS GATHERED TOGETHER AT CHINQUAPIN SPRINGS (ONE MILE EAST) TO BUILD A COMMUNITY CHURCH. A SMALL ONE-ROOM LOG STRUCTURE WAS COMPLETED ON AUGUST 16, 1873, AND WAS USED BY BOTH METHODIST AND BAPTIST CONGREGATIONS.

LAND AT THIS SITE WAS DONATED FOR CHURCH AND SCHOOL PURPOSES BY PIONEER SETTLER HUGH BLAIR. THE LOG CHURCH AT CHINQUAPIN SPRINGS WAS RELOCATED HERE AND USED AS A UNION CHURCH AND SCHOOL. THE BAPTIST AND METHODIST CONGREGATIONS CONTINUED TO SHARE THE FACILITY. BLAIR DONATED AN ADJOINING ACRE OF LAND IN 1887 AND A NEW FRAME SANCTUARY WAS BUILT.

THE BAPTIST CONGREGATION CEASED USING THE UNION CHURCH IN 1906, WHEN THEY MOVED TO OAK FLAT COMMUNITY AND BUILT A NEW CHURCH (NOW KNOWN AS SMYRNA MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH). AFTER 1906 THE UNION CHURCH WAS KNOWN AS REDLANDS CHURCH AND WAS OCCUPIED SOLELY BY THE METHODIST CONGREGATION.

THE METHODIST CONGREGATION DISBANDED IN 1964 AND THE REDLANDS CHURCH WAS PURCHASED AT AUCTION BY A GROUP OF FORMER MEMBERS. THE BUILDING IS MAINTAINED BY A BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND IS USED FOR SPECIAL SERVICES SUCH AS MEMORIALS, FUNERALS, AND WEDDINGS.

Redlands Church. Texas Historical Marker. (1989)

NOTES:
The contents of this marker is typed in ALL CAPS to replicate that style on the marker itself.
The "S" on "Redlands" is a mistake. The church and community is REDLAND (singular).
The date of August 16, 1873 can be proven as the date of organization of Smyrna Baptist Church through her existing minutes. That the log church house was completed at that time is probably an assumption.

The Baptists removed to Oak Flat in 1907 rather than 1906.
The building has not been "well-maintained" because we have little money to do so. Anyone interested in supporting the ongoing maintenance of Redland Church/Community Center may contact me. The McCune Cemetery homecoming is held here each May, the Sunday before Memorial Day. A Christian Harmony Singing will be held the Saturday before the 4th Sunday in April.

2 Comments:

Blogger younglandmarker said...

Hi, Bro. Vaughn,

This article is quite similar in wording to the one that we discussed on the Landmark Baptist forum. Kinda confirms, based on what you said about the policy of Oak Flat Church, that the article on Antioch was about the structure rather than the two separate organizations that used it. :)

7:54 PM  
Blogger R. L. Vaughn said...

Yes, I think that is correct.

2:57 PM  

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