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CENTERVILLE, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Henderson County, East Texas
16 miles NW of Athens on the current shore of Cedar Creek Lake
6 miles W of Eustace

Population: 0

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Centerville Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Holli Boone Kees
History in a Pecan Shell

When the old original Nacogdoches District was split into new counties, Henderson County voters designated the lost town of Buffalo as the county seat. The Texas legislature reduced the size of the county in 1848 and ordered that a new center be found. Landowner James H. Starr donated 100 acres to be the new county seat - to called Centerville, and in September of 1848, Centerville was platted into lots and sold. A post office was granted in early 1849 but was discontinued within six months. In May county business had returned to Buffalo, but in October of 1850, the county was reduced in size and the current county seat of Athens was designated.

Both Centerville and Buffalo became ghost town although their names are still in use - in Leon County. (See Centerville and Buffalo in Leon County)
Sunday drives in and around Athens

( From Bob Bowman's East Texas Sunday Drives )
Athens: Where the hamburger was invented >
Athens, New York, Texas Cheesecakes, LaRue, Brownsboro, Edom, Purtis Creek State Park, Eustace, Mabank, Gun Barrel City, Payne Springs, Caney City, Malakoff and Cross Roads.

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