Bethel Cemetery

From Henderson, Hwy 79, turn south onto FM 3310 (between Herschel's and Newspaper office). Go about 2-1/2 miles, pass Ebenezer Church, turn right onto CR 314. Go another 2-1/2 miles, Bethel Methodist Church on left, cemetery on right.

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This burial ground, named for the community that organized near Bethel Springs, was associated with a school and methodist church. The earliest marked grave dates to 1879, though it is believed there are earlier interments. Features include Woodmen of the World monuments and vertical stones. Among those interred are founders of the city of Henderson and veterans of military conflicts, including A.K. Van Sickle, who served in the Texas War for Independence, the U.S.-Mexico War, and the Texas Indian wars. In 1982, a cemetery association organized to care for the burial ground. Today, Bethel Cemetery, one of the oldest in Rusk County, is the last vestige of a once-vibrant community.