Historic Church Tour kicks off Saturday

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The city of Wichita Falls was built has more than a century-old history in every corner and that includes our churches.

There are a number of historical landmarks across Texoma that make the area what it is Thursday, some of those are the century-old churches like St. Paul Lutheran in downtown Wichita Falls.

“This church has been here such a long time that we want people to come in and experience what God has been doing at St. Paul for all these years,” St. Paul Lutheran Pastor Rev. Rick Cody said.

“While our sanctuary itself only dates back to 1951, the church is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year,” Floral Heights United Methodist senior pastor Don Yeager said.

It is for these reasons why the Heritage Society is hosting a Historic Church Tour on Saturday.

Delores Culley said while planning for the event started before the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral, the unfortunate event was more reason to bring people into the churches to see the architecture.

“As you visit these churches and you hear about the churches, the buildings and the facades and the detail with which they were built and how long the congregations have been here, it just tells you what a rich history we have and how important it is that we maintain these beautiful buildings,” Heritage Society Executive Director Delores Culley said.

Community members will be thrilled to see details and hear stories such as St Paul Lutheran dating back to 1926 and still has its original organ and original hand-painted stained glass windows to Floral Heights that dates back to 1919.

These are just two of the churches, however, Church of the Good Shepherd and New Hope Presbyterian Church and here, First United Methodist Church, is also a part of the tour.

Tickets are on sale now for $15 and folks can grab one the day of at any of the churches for $20.

Purchase your ticket here or get it at any United Supermarket.

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