New book mentions 2 historic churches

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Of the 186 churches in a new book written by William and Mary Pamela Schaefer, Harmony Church in Steward's Mill (pictured) and Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church of Kirvin were both mentioned.

Two local historic churches were mentioned in a newly published book by Houston residents William and Mary Pamela Schaefer. Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church of Kirvin and Harmony Church of Stewards Mill each got their own page in the book featuring 186 historic churches throughout Texas.

According to the synopsis, the Schaefer’s have visited and photographed approximately 1,000 historic churches in Texas over the past 10 years.

Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church

This historic church was organized in 1866 by minister Elder Boney Moffett, with the building being completed in 1922. Moffett was originally from Virginia and became the first and only bishop of the church.

The church can trace its origins to 1853 when area slaves living in the Woodland Community were given permission to worship. The slaves built a brush arbor in 1854 for their informal services and a replica can be seen behind the building today. Helping to form the church was Elder Jeremiah Seely, a white traveling minister who established several other churches in the area.

Shiloh is located at the intersection of FM 1448 and CR 1070 in Kirvin


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