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CHURCH HILL, TEXAS

Rusk County, East Texas
FM 1251 and FM 3135
9 miles NE of Henderson
Population: 15 (1990)


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History in a Pecan Shell

In the 1850s several families from Georgia moved into the area and cleared a tree-covered hill and built a church. It didnít take them long to come up with a name.

Plantations were established and Dr. Prior of Virginia is credited with building the first brick house in Rusk County. A post office was granted in 1893, but discontinued eleven years later when mail was rerouted through Henderson.

In 1895 the town had thirty people, a Methodist (not a Presbyterian) church and a store. From the thirties through the 60s, the town retained about 30 citizens and then declined to fifteen where it stood in 1990.


The School at Church Hill

The Church Hill Male and Female Academy, later called the Church Hill Academy was established by the Texas Legislature in February of 1854. Local residents John C. Robertson, Samuel Watson and John Strong (the towns first postmaster) donated the land for the school.

A cemetery named Strong is found nearby Church Hill on TxDoTís Rusk County map.

Those three men along with Jackson Pryor, Anderson W. Smith, Newell Tullis, and William P. Wright comprised the schoolís first Board of Trustees. Supervised by six Presbyterian ministers, the Academyís administrator was John M. Becton.

The school dissolved sometime around the beginning of the Civil War.

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