West of Houston and South of Austin is a large Czech community in Fayette county that was established in the late 1850’s. The area was far from safe as the native Americans were not particularly friendly at that time to settlers. But the settlers persisted and lasted. In 1877 Sts. Cyril and Methodius church (pictured)was established.They topped the church with a cross made by a freed slave named Tom Lee. That cross is still on top of the church. The church was destroyed in 1909 by a hurricane, but was rebuilt. The church has been restored several times but always maintaining the basic integrity of the original design.
There are 7 painted churches in Fayette County but Sts. Cyril and Methodius is considered the “grandest lady”. I wish I could describe the interior but words fail me and I do not have a picture although I know I took some. This particular picture is a scan of a film print I took in 02 or 03. Other than being scanned I have not altered it in anyway.
If you ever get to Austin or Houston it’s only an hour or so drive, stop in Shiner and sample some of there beer, it’s one of the most popular breweries in Texas. You can usually find a map of the churches in most gas stations.