Historical Marker


First United Methodist Church & Cemetery of Mont Belvieu

Marker Erected 1979
Marker Located in front of cemetery, Loop 207 at Avenue A, Mont Belvieu


Marker Text:

After Amos and Ann Barber settled in the vicinity in 1849, the village became known as Barbers Hill. Early preaching services were held in the Barbers' home. Captain Robert S. Dingham, a seaman, began a Sunday School and preached in the area. In 1877, "Barbers Chapel" was officially organized as a Methodist Episcopal Church, south. The Barbers gave four acres for a church house and school building. In 1878 the 17 charter members erected the schoolhouse which also served for worship and as a community center. The Rev. P. E. Nicholson was the first pastor and Captain Dingham was officially licensed to preach. The original church site was traded for this location n 1895. A 30' x 40' church house was completed in 1897. Because the Fisher family made the largest contribution toward the new structure, the church was known for a time as "Fisher's Chapel." While the church house was being built, a family needed a burial site for a child and the cemetery was opened. There are 495 gravesites with 245 interments. This sanctuary was erected in 1932 by adding onto the existing structure. The fellowship hall was built in 1945 and the education wing in 1957.

Marker Number: 9122
Subject Codes: CH; GY; ME
Marker Size: 27" x 42"
UTM Zone: 15
UTM Easting: 317314
UTM Northing: 3303672