On May 24, 1983, the Texas Historical Commission Staff approved the application for the “Historic” marker that appears to the left of the main entrance of the church. The marker reads:
"In February, 1885, six members of the Goshen Methodist Episcopal Church South, in the eastern part of Parker County, left to form a Methodist church in the farming community of Poolville. The Rev. J. Davis Crockett was called to serve as their first minister. Worship services were held in the Poolville Schoolhouse until 1896 when this sanctuary was completed. Throughout its history, Poolville Methodist church has provided service and leadership to the community and surrounding area."
After several previous owners, the land that the church occupies was purchased by the Methodist Episcopal Church South on October 26, 1895. Work on the original building began in early 1896. Mr. Plumroy Rogers (1852-1928), a Baptist carpenter, was hired as the construction manager. According to Ernest Turpin, a long time member of the church, in an interview on June 11, 1975, he tells of how Rogers sawed the lumber prior to construction to insure a good fit. Once the lumber was cut, volunteer helpers completed the building in about thirty days. An article that appeared in The Christian Advocate, dated February 20, 1896, states “We are building a new Methodist Church in Poolville, which will be an ornament to the town and the community.” The church was dedicated on March 15, 1896.
The original building was made entirely of wood and had a wood shingle roof and rested upon a native stone foundation. The building was heated by a large coal stove in the center of the building, and light was furnished by coal-oil lamps. It stands today in the same spot on which it was built originally. The church is an example of the “cruciform pattern” which was popular in the 1800’s. Basically, the layout of the church is a giant cross. The top of the vertical member is the choir ‘loft’ behind the alter, and the bottom of the vertical member is the last pew at the back of the church. The horizontal member of the cross is the largest wide part of the church which now contains an organ, pews and an exit door on the left side, and a piano, pews, an exit door and the sound equipment on the right side. According to Mrs. Willie McConnell, (interview 06-11-1975), the pews that are currently in the church are believed to be original. Mrs. McConnell joined the church when she was ten years old in 1898. Perhaps one of the most unique and striking features of the church is its steeple which houses a large working bell. Atop the steeple, the original lightning rod still serves its purpose.
In 1955, the church received some updating, and an education building was erected. The interior walls were sheet-rocked, and new pulpit furniture was made. It is said that the old furniture just gave out. The high ceiling was not altered and remains at its original height giving the small room a feeling of spaciousness. Additional updates include diamond shape glass windows installed in 1975, central air and heat in 1977 and wood-grained vinyl siding in 1981.
Renovations and additions have continued on into the present. A well was dug in 1991, and a storage building was erected. Sidewalks and flower beds were also added.
In 2002, a Fellowship Hall was added to the Educational Building, including a new kitchen, two bathrooms and a closet. The Fellowship Hall boasts a high vaulted ceiling and south-facing windows from floor to ceiling. The folding walls were replaced with sheet rock to form a Pastor's Office, a classroom and a nursery. The section of North Church Street in front of the church was permanently closed to through traffic, but remains available as the primary entrance to the parking lot.
Another renovation was completed in 2004, adding another interior wall to form a children's classroom using the old kitchen area. A choir room and two closets were also added in the original Educational Building. The floor in the old section was also replaced at that time.
In 2007, the parking area in front of the church was covered with a chip and seal gravel coating, eliminating a major mud problem during rainy periods.
Most recently, in March of 2012, the Sanctuary received a make-over with some sheet rock repair and a complete repainting of the interior including doors, ceiling and walls. The carpet runners were also replaced and track lighting was added for the choir.
In a document prepared by Lottie Dean seeking to obtain the historical marker, she concludes her history of the church by saying:
“This church has seen souls saved and rededicated to the glory of God and the furtherance of His Kingdom. It has heard the always stirring story of the birth of the Lord Jesus. It has heard the heart breaking story of the crucifixion and the triumph of the first Easter morning.”
It is not difficult to imagine some of the lives that have passed through the doors of this historic Methodist church. I often wonder, “Who was sitting in this pew over a century ago? What did they do for a living, and what was their relationship with God?" I would expect that I speak for every current member of this church when I invite you to come and have this experience for yourself.
Note: The majority of the information contained in this brief history was taken from the application for a historical marker, and most of what appears above is due in part to the efforts of Lottie Dean. Accurate information is often difficult to obtain. If anyone has additional information about Poolville United Methodist Church, or if anyone believes that some of what appears above is inaccurate, I would greatly appreciate your contacting me. Also, if anyone has any old photographs of the church that he or she would allow to be scanned, we could post them as part of this history page.