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Larissa, Cherokee County, Texas



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LARISSA COLLEGE

A PROMINENT SCHOOL BEFORE THE CIVIL
WAR ^ ^ ESTABLISHED IN A LOG HUT IN
1848 ^ PLACED UNDER THE CONTROL OF
THE CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
IN 1855 ^ CHARTERED FEBRUARY 2, 1856 ^
WITH SPLENDID EQUIPMENT, LARISSA OF-
FERED THE STRONGEST SCIENCE WORK
OF THAT DAY IN TEXAS ^ CLOSED IN 1866 ^
DR. F. L. YOAKUM, PRESIDENT 1855 - 1866

 

Marker is located 3/10 mile North of the intersection of CR 3409 and CR 3405 on East side of CR 3405.



Ruins Masonic Lodge # 57, Larissa, Texas.  The Lodge was located on the East side of Co Rd 3405 just past the T with Co Rd 3409.

Larissa, now referred to as Old Larissa, is located in the NW corner of Cherokee County Texas where County Road 3409 intersects  County Road 3405.  The area was settled in 1846 by a group of Tennesseans, headed by Thomas H. McKee.  T. N. McKee, son of Thomas H. McKee, established a school there in 1848 which was later taken over by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. This school, known as Larissa College, was an asset to the community and the State of Texas.

The community thrived until the end of the Civil War.  Its demise resulted from the Cumberland Presbyterian Church withdrawing funding for the college, and the coming of the railroad to the Mt. Selman, Jacksonville areas.

Today little remains to remind us of the once thriving community.  Reminders include the last standing building, Larissa Lodge No. 57, the Historic Marker for Larissa Colleges and three Cemeteries in the region.  The largest of  the three, known as Larissa Cemetery, located on FM 855, The Old Baptist Cemetery 1/4 mile SW of the corner of CR 3409 and CR 3405, and The Old Larissa Cemetery located about 1/2 mile west of Old Larissa on the road to the Killough Monument.  See: Cemeteries of Northwest Cherokee County, Texas.
 

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