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MOUNT HAVEN, TEXAS. Mount Haven is a small rural community located on Farm Road 747 about three miles west of Jacksonville in northwestern Cherokee County. The town was founded as an African-American settlement sometime during the late 1800s. In 1884 Mount Haven was designated as its own school district, and students were taught in a local church. In 1925 a three-room school was constructed with funds from the Rosenwald Foundation. Instructors of the eight grades included Bessie Goss and Charlie Ragsdale. At that time the community consisted of scattered homes and farms. Mount Haven School was consolidated with the nearby Jacksonville Independent School District in 1969. County maps in the 1980s still showed a church in the area. In 2000 Mount Haven had thirty residents.


Cherokee County History (Jacksonville, Texas: Cherokee County Historical Commission, 1986).

Laurie E. Jasinski


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

Laurie E. Jasinski, "MOUNT HAVEN, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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