“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Winona in Smith County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Starrville Community Center

Starrville Community Center Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Randal B. Gilbert, January 18, 2016
1. Starrville Community Center Marker
Inscription.  Starrville was originally part of the I.W. Hall survey and, by 1849, the town had become a stop on the Dallas-Shreveport road. In 1852, reverend Joshua Starr bought the land and began selling town lots. During the summer of 1862, Starrville was the site of Gen. Henry McCulloch’s C.S.A. army encampment in preparation for the march to Little Rock. During the late 1870s, local leaders refused to allow the railroad to run a line through town and residents began moving to Winona. The post office moved to Winona in 1907. A new school was built in 1927 because Baker Springs schools consolidated into the Starrville schools. By 1952, the school was absorbed into the Gladewater system and later Winona school district.

The school, built in 1927, is designed in vernacular style with double dropped siding. The interior was built with a sloping floor and sliding wooden doors that separate the area into classrooms. An auditorium was added in 1930 where plays and musicals were performed. Local carpenters Finis Walters, Lance Lowry and Frank Alba constructed the school. Through the years, the school has also served as a polling center, the site of
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Smith County Historical Society programs, educational programs, old timers reunion, weddings, and receptions. In the 1940s, two additional buildings associated with the school were donated to the Waters Bluff area to provide schools for local children. The center is operated and maintained by the Starrville community improvement committee. The community center remains a testament to the people’s commitment to education and their strong community spirit.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark – 2012
Marker is property of the State of Texas

Erected 2012 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17352.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education.
Location. 32° 28.214′ N, 95° 6.295′ W. Marker is in Winona, Texas, in Smith County. Marker is on Farm to Market Road 16E, 0.2 miles west of County Road 369, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17936 FM-16E, Winona TX 75792, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Starrville Community (approx. 0.6 miles away); Pinkston Cemetery (approx. 3.9 miles away); First Baptist Church of Winona (approx. 4 miles away); Elisha Everett Lott
Starrville Community Center image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Randal B. Gilbert, January 18, 2016
2. Starrville Community Center
(approx. 4.1 miles away); The Kay House (approx. 4½ miles away); Nicholas Wren 1807-1859 (approx. 6½ miles away); Harris Creek Cemetery (approx. 6½ miles away); Scouts of Texas Army (approx. 6½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winona.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 18, 2016, by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. This page has been viewed 327 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 18, 2016, by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 11, 2023