Near Anna in Collin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
On February 23, 1854, William C. McKinney, James W. Throckmorton, John A. Throckmorton, and Joseph Wilcox set aside twenty-five acres for the town of Mantua, which was conceived as a site for Mantua Seminary. Proceeds from the sale of town lots provided funds for the school. The town plat consisted of forty-eight city blocks surrounding a town square. To help ensure a proper environment for the school, deeds for town lots prohibited gambling, horse racing, prostitution and the sale of alcohol.
Mantua Lodge No. 209 A.F. & A.M. organized in 1857, and the Masons first met on the second story of Walcott's store. A post office was established in Mantua in 1858, and E.B. Rollins was appointed as the first postmaster. On October 21, 1858, McKinney, James W. Throckmorton and Wilcox met with Mantua citizens to establish rules for the co-educational Mantua Seminary, and a building was constructed just outside of town for the use of the seminary and the Masonic Lodge. Classes were first held in 1860 and by 1868, eighty pupils were enrolled. Liberty Christian Church was established in 1846 and a Methodist congregation was formed the next
In 1872 the Houston and Texas Central Railroad laid tracks approximately 1.5 miles east of Mantua, and the new town of Van Alstyne was formed along the tracks. Almost immediately, the residents and businesses of Mantua relocated to the new town. Mantua's post office was closed in 1873, the Mantua Seminary last held classes during the early 1880s and the churches relocated to neighboring towns. Today, only Mantua Cemetery and Mantua Road remain as symbols of the vanished community.
175 Years of Texas Independence 1836-2011
Erected 2011 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16694.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1836.
Location. 33° 23.195′ N, 96° 34.803′ W. Marker is near Anna, Texas, in Collin County. Marker is on North Central Expressway Frontage Road (U.S. 75), on the right when traveling north. Marker is about 1/2 mile north of US 75 Exit 49, Mantua Road (FM 371). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Anna TX 75409, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Christian Church of Van Alstyne (approx. 2.3 miles away); Van Alstyne Cemetery (approx. 2.3 miles away); First United Methodist Church of Van Alstyne (approx. 2.3 miles away); American Legion Memorial (approx. 2.4 miles away); Collin McKinney (approx. 2.4 miles away); Van Alstyne (approx. 2½ miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 2½ miles away); Mantua Masonic Lodge No. 209. A.F. & A.M. (approx. 2½ miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Mantua, Texas. (Submitted on April 7, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Mantua Seminary. (Submitted on April 7, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 7, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 698 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 7, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.