Zoar Methodist Church began in 1845 at the end of Osborne Street, in a small wooden building. By 1880, the congregation was so large, they were able to buy property on Main Street and build a brick church. In 2022 the Methodist Church transferred ownership to Friends of Zoar for restoration and reuse.
Zoar started on Osborne Street in 1845 and moved into a new brick church in 1881. By 2000, the congregation had dwindled and about 15 years later the church was shuttered. For more, see the History page.
The historic African American Zoar UMC Church was built in 1881 by a congregation founded by free Blacks, freed slaves and the first descendants of slaves. It is a contributing building in the Odessa National Register Historic District.
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