Rock Church, Bridge and Windmill Outing: April 9, 2022

  • Saturday, April 9, 2022
  • We will depart from the Walmart parking lot at 8840 Benbrook Blvd, Benbrook, TX promptly at 8:30 a.m. and drive to the Windmill Farm B&B, 6625 Colony Road, Tolar TX. After photographing the 30 windmills, we will contact the pastor of the Rock Church, 6101 Rock Church Hwy., Tolar, TX to unlock the church. We anticipate arriving at the church around 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. The Rock Church Cemetery and an old swinging bridge are located near the church in case you arrive before the church is unlocked.
  • Above, Rock Church interior by Mark Rogers

Explore and photograph early Texas during an outing to the historic Rock Church Community, 10 miles southwest of Tolar on FM Road 2475, on the Hood and Erath County line.

The Rock Church Community includes an old-fashioned swinging bridge, rock fortress-church for which the community was named, and a turn-of-the-century clapboard church.

The Jesse Caraway family donated land in the1860s for the church. The two-story, solid rock building was constructed with volunteer labor and materials contributed by the community’s founding families. The community was on the route to the Comanche Peak look-out and ceremonial site for Comanches and other tribes, who clashed with settlers and U.S. military in the area.

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In 1917, a swinging bridge was built across the Paluxy River near the church and was used for pedestrians, horse and buggy traffic and automobiles.

Near Tolar, the Windmill Farm features more than 30 vintage windmills begging to be photographed.

Participants may travel as they prefer. Carpool and follow Covid-19 precautions suitable for participants’ circumstances. If you have questions about Covid-19, contact your physician or caregiver.