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Ringwood Female Seminary

Jeanette H. Flachmeier General Entry

Ringwood Female Seminary, at Boston, Texas, was opened in 1844 by Mrs. Eliza B. Todd. Enrollment increased from forty-five to 100 in the first year of operation. The school, established for the daughters of wealthy planters, offered work ranging from elementary subjects to the first year of college, with special emphasis on French. In 1848 the seminary was moved to Clarksville, where it was called Clarksville Female Institute. In 1854 Mrs. Todd sold the institution to John Anderson , who conducted it under the name Clarksville Male and Female Academy.

Clarksville Northern Standard, June 30, 1847. B. E. Masters, A History of Early Education in Northeast Texas (M.A. thesis, University of Texas, 1929).


  • Education
  • Defunct Elementary and Secondary Schools
  • Women

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Jeanette H. Flachmeier, “Ringwood Female Seminary,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed April 17, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

May 3, 2019

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