Flower Hill, Texas

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Flower Hill is a ghost town in Bastrop County, Texas, United States. It is located three miles southeast of Smithville, 19 miles southeast of the town of Bastrop and 49 miles southeast of Austin.

Founded by emancipated slaves, the town is one of 13 known "Freedom Colonies," in the county.[1]

In 1907, Flower Hill had a one-teacher school for fifty-four black students. When a district system was created in 1921, the school was probably absorbed by the Smithville Independent School District. In the 1940s, a church, a cemetery and a handful of houses marked the town on county highway maps. By the 1980s, only the cemetery remained.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sitton, Thad; Conrad, James H. (2005). Freedom Colonies: Independent Black Texans in the Time of Jim Crow (Print on demand ed.). University of Texas Press. p. 191. ISBN 978-0-292-70642-2.
  2. ^ Smyrl, Vivian Elizabeth. "Flower Hill Texas (Bastrop County)". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 16 August 2018.

Coordinates: 29°57′54″N 97°07′53″W / 29.96500°N 97.13139°W / 29.96500; -97.13139