Historic Webb Baptist Church Dedicated as Arlington Landmark
By Office of Communication
Posted on October 21, 2016, October 21, 2016

Historic Webb Baptist Church

Members of the Arlington City Council, the Landmark Preservation Commission, Webb Masonic Lodge #1454 and members of the community celebrated the dedication of the historic Webb Baptist Church as an Arlington local landmark on September 24, 2016.

In 1906, the citizens of Webb, a small farm community in Southeast Tarrant County, organized the Webb Baptist Church. M.C. Jackson was the first pastor when the congregation purchased a plot of land from Daniel Zuefeldt for $300.00. Construction of the building was completed in 1907.

The church appears today much as it did then with a cruciform plan and a slender belfry in the Texas Vernacular architecture style.

Historic Webb Baptist Church

Before establishment of the church, Webb residents had to travel long distances for worship and fellowship. Inclement weather, combined with the black land soil and the unpaved roads made trips into nearby towns almost impossible. Webb Baptist Church became a unifying force for the whole community.

From 1907 to 1985, nearly twenty pastors led the church, the longest serving being Dr. J.M. Price from 1928 to 1949. In 1990, Webb Fraternal Organization, Inc. purchased the property for the purpose of restoration, preservation and maintenance of the buildings on the property for posterity.

Since then, the church building has been the home of the Webb Masonic Lodge #1454 and Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #1140.

To learn more about historical landmarks in Arlington, please visit the History section of the City's website or the Arlington Historical Society website.

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