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Near Kirvin in Freestone County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Site of Woodland College for Boys

 
 
Site of Woodland College for Boys Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, February 25, 2021
1. Site of Woodland College for Boys Marker
Inscription.  
Established in 1863
Enrollment more than 300 students
Colonel L.R. Wortham donated
Ten acres of land for use as
a Campus, Church and Cemetery
Charter trustees
Col. L.R. Wortham, Thomas Lamb
Dr. Rueben Anderson, Oliver Carter
John I. Winn, D.L. Carter, Noland
Womack, T.L. Sessions, G.A. Sessions

Prof. Hellery Moseley
was its only president

Mattie, Mary and Thomas Dixon
were its teachers
The college became a grade school
at the close of the Civil War
Discontinued in 1905
and moved to Kirvin

 
Erected 1936 by State of Texas. (Marker Number 9913.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1863.
 
Location. 31° 47.053′ N, 96° 20.517′ W. Marker is near Kirvin, Texas, in Freestone County. Marker is at the intersection of County Highway 1449 and County Highway 1060, on the left when traveling north on County Highway 1449. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wortham TX 76693, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured
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as the crow flies. Woodland Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Woodland Heritage (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church and School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Sessions Cemetery (approx. 1˝ miles away); Shanks Cemetery (approx. 3.6 miles away); Cade Cemetery (approx. 5.9 miles away); United Methodist Church (approx. 7.2 miles away); City of Wortham (approx. 7.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kirvin.
 
Also see . . .  Woodland, TX (Freestone County).
The area was settled in the late 1840s and early 1850s by pioneer families. A church was organized in 1854 and a school before 1857. In 1903 the school had an enrollment of twenty-nine. The early post office was named Bonner for the first postmaster, W. E. Bonner. The community had a general store, cotton gins, blacksmith shops, gristmills, and three churches. Land for a cemetery was donated by L. R. Wortham, who also owned the general store. The cemetery was named Woodland Cemetery, and the earliest grave was laid in 1862. Woodland College for Boys was established in 1863 on land donated by Wortham. The college had an enrollment of more than 300 students; it became a grade school with authorization by the Texas legislature in 1866 and was
The Site of Woodland College for Boys Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, February 25, 2021
2. The Site of Woodland College for Boys Marker
renamed Woodland Academy. The academy was discontinued in 1905 and moved to nearby Kirvin. Source: The Handbook of Texas
(Submitted on March 5, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
The view of the Site of Woodland College for Boys Marker from the road image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, February 25, 2021
3. The view of the Site of Woodland College for Boys Marker from the road
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 4, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 150 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 5, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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