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SARDIS, TEXAS (Cherokee County). Sardis was on Farm Road 1857 eight miles southwest of Rusk in southwestern Cherokee County. The site was settled before the Civil War by a small group from South Carolina. The community grew up around a small church and was known for many years as Sardis Church. A school was in operation by 1896, when it had an enrollment of forty-three. In the mid-1930s Sardis had two stores, a church, a school, and a number of houses. The school was consolidated with the Rusk schools in 1948, and by the early 1990s only a church and a few scattered houses remained.


Cherokee County History (Jacksonville, Texas: Cherokee County Historical Commission, 1986). Hattie Joplin Roach, A History of Cherokee County (Dallas: Southwest, 1934).

Christopher Long


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

Christopher Long, "SARDIS, TX (CHEROKEE COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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