Church turned into new event center

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Just under 500 people call the small town of Byers home, but thanks to one couple, an old building is about to offer big opportunities.

“Last year, in June it was decommissioned as a church and my husband Jerry and I bought the church in an effort to bring back what it used to be a hundred years ago and to ensure the integrity and the legacy of the community and the history of the church,” said Dee McMahan.

What McMahan is referring to is the United Methodist Church of Byers.

The church has been around since the early 1900’s, and its long history is what motivated the McMahans to start the long journey of renovating it into Red River Valley Venue and Opry House. 

Dee McMahan said the flooring was one of biggest blasts from the past they discovered.

“It was actually one-hundred-year-old red and white oak flooring that was in excellent condition, so that’s when we made the decision to go ahead and restore the entire building and restore those floors back to what it looked like one hundred years ago,” said McMahan.

The McMahans have a passion for bringing old historical buildings back to life, and even though they aren’t from Byers, this old church brings back certain memories for Dee.

“I grew up in the Wichita Falls area and have grandparents in Jefferson County of Oklahoma, so as a child my parents drove by this church for years and it was always kind of like when you got to that church in Byers with the big white columns we were almost at grandmas house. So it signifies a lot of memories for me personally,” McMahan said.

From old bibles to old pictures of the founders of the church, the McMahans said they hope to instill a sense of nostalgia for families when they walk through the doors.

To book an event call 281-785-1990

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