The Church

Originally Built in Italy, Texas, 1895

Home of Wilson’s Seafood – Fresh Seafood and Cocktails

Originally located in Italy, Texas, this charming Victorian era church has been fully refurbished, refreshed, and repurposed by skilled craftsmen who have lovingly returned it to its original glory and beyond. The church boasts many finely crafted features, such as a fine wood work, hardwood floors, a steeple, and many more stately embellishments.


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The Old Church

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Built in 1890

A news article published in Italy News Herald on its Fiftieth Anniversary, Dec. 15, 1939, stated, “The First Christian Church of Italy will be celebrating its fiftieth birthday next year. The Church has been serving the community in one way or another since 1890. However, according to other records, the group that formed the church began functioning as an organized body of worshipers as far back as 1875. At that time they met in the old community school house known as the “Buttermilk School House.” It was used as a school all week and served as a church meeting place for various denominations on Sunday.

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When the South Italy school house was built the congregation carried on its work there and in 1890, transferred its activities to the building in Italy, Texas that has now been relocated to Founders Row in Midlothian, Texas. The building was completed the following year in 1891, and at that time, the church took the name, The First Christian Church of Italy, and was known by that name until it moved to Founders Row and was shortened to “The Church”. Names of the original charter members include: the John Couch family, the Jim Couch family, the George Stroud family, the S. M. Dunlap family, the George Hamlett family, the Will Jennings family, the Willis Pruitt family, the Dr. A. B. Robuck family, the H. A. Erwin family and the Tom Johns family.

Source: Ellis County TXGenWeb. All Rights Reserved.

The tenant in The Church is

Wilson’s Seafood

Fresh Seafood and Cocktails

The freshest seafood cooked to perfection with the tastiest ingredients. Scrumptious sides and delectable desserts served hot and fresh for our friends and family. All in a warm and inviting place that’s perfect for gathering together for great food and good fun. Come as you are; we’re casual around here and offer indoor and outdoor seating in good weather.

Shawn & Suzanne Wilson

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