Pilot Grove Methodist Church is now located in Old City Park
Museum in Dallas, Texas
Grove Methodist Church
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The Church building abandoned in Pilot Grove
Methodist Church Filled with History
In 1947, the Late Mrs. Callie Taylor Lane of Pilot Grove writes "The
First Methodist Church at Pilot Grove was a vacant store which was bought
and filled up with seats by the small congregation."
She continues, "There is no record available on the organization
of the Methodist Church, but legend has it that Aunt Becky Clement and
a Negro woman kept the church going during the Civil War. Aunt Becky.......
"They were both plump, elderly women then and they always wore black
dresses and white aprons to church, sitting in the first row and waving
their palm leaf fans and nodding approval at the sermon.
"There is a story that Aunt Becky had the preacher home for dinner
one Sunday, and to protect her white apron, she turned it around to the
back and put on a red-checked gingham apron. When it was time to
go back for the evening service, she forgot the white apron in back and
put on another white one over the red checked one. Then she minced
proudly off to church, all three aprons flashing in the breeze."
The church pictured above was built in 1905 by members of the congregation
and used until the 1930s. It was located on the southwest corner
of F.M.121 and Pilot Grove Road, dangerously close to the highway.
In 1973, Mrs. Angus Wynne of Dallas spotted the church while driving
through the country. After three years of negotiations with the Kaiser
family of Pilot Grove, the church was moved to Old City Park in Dallas
and restored. Although the original hand-hewn pews were.. (the article
was cut here)
Park destination 1976
Old church due midnight ride
by Doug Domeier
down early Wednesday by an entanglement with trees here, the move of a
75-year-old church from Pilotgrove, Grayson County, 55 miles to Old
City Park here, will resume at midnight Wednesday.
34-by-34-foot church was outside of Dallas city limits Tuesday
afternoon and began moving into the Dallas area at 12:15 a.m.
Wednesday, going south on Preston Road. The structure ran into
branches overhanging the road around 3 a.m.
didn't really free it until 2-1/2 hours later," said R.N. LaBranche, an
associate of Earle L. Jones & Associates, construction consultants'
firm which is supervising the move.
Since the church is too wide to be moved through the city during daytime
traffic, the decision was made to move it to a parking lot near Turtle
Creek Village on Oak Lawn and Blackburn, leaving it there during the
day Wednesday, LaBranche said.
from the city traffic department, Dallas Power & Light and
Southwestern Bell Telephone will accompany the movers to dismantle
traffic lights temporarily or raise or alter power and phone lines.
church will be the 20th historical structure to be moved to Old City
Park and restored there by the Dallas County Heritage Society.
LaBrance said there was minor damage to two trees on Preston and no significant damage to the church.
will take the church from Oak Lawn to Cedar Springs, then to Bowen,
right on Cole to McKinney, to Griffin over R.L.Thornton Freeway and
onto St. Paul, which runs by Old City Park.
Approximately 18 traffic lights were temporarily dismantled early Wednesday to make
way for the church, which originally stood in Pilotgrove and was last
used in 1938.
Arrival at Old City Park is expected to be around sunrise Thursday.
Grayson County church moved to new home at Old City Park.
by Dick Domeier
unpretentious white wood church that stood in Grayson County for 75
years became a hulking traffic-stopper Tuesday as it was moved across
streets and highways to a new home at Old City Park here.
34 by 34 feet, the 1-story church drew stares and a few curses from
motorists as it was driven on a flatbed truck from Pilotgrove, Grayson
County, through McKinney to Dallas.
parked the facility at Frankford Road and Highway 289 near Renner late
Tuesday afternoon, then waited until midnight to travel into Dallas on
Preston Road (289).
traffic at a minimum, the move through the city nevertheless was to be
made with teams from the city traffic department, Dallas Power &
Light and Southwestern Bell Telephone raising power and phone lines and
removing traffic lights temporarily.
slowly down Preston to Cedar Springs, then to Cole and McKinney and
through Downtown Dallas, the church was scheduled to arrive at Old City
Park by sunrise Wednesday.
It will be restored there as the 20th structure moved to the park and refurbished by the Dallas County Heritage Society.
short steeple and two gables followed on another truck. A driver said
the truck maintained speeds ranging up to 40 miles an hour on the
journey over country roads.
paint is dirty and the windows smashed. Two front doors cluster
at one corner. Three sides have three windows, the fourth two
first saw this church about four years ago and have had our eye on it
since," said Mrs. Carolyn Watson, Old City Park development coordinator.
Methodist Church will serve as an example of frame prairie architecture
around the turn of the century. The original pews, holding
approximately 125 people, will be reinstalled. The church was
last used in 1938.
traffic laws do not permit nighttime moving of a load as large as the
church on state roads, and city traffic laws do not permit daytime
moving on city roads, pointed out R.N.LaBranche, an associate of Earle
L. Jones & Associates, construction consultants' firm which
supervised the move.
the balance worked out well for the church. It began its journey
Tuesday about 9 a.m. and had arrived near Dallas city limits unscathed
by about 6:30 p.m.
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