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RINGWOOD FEMALE SEMINARY. 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 Andersonqv, 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).

Jeanette H. Flachmeier


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

Jeanette H. Flachmeier, "RINGWOOD FEMALE SEMINARY," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 28, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.