sidebar menu icon


PROVIDENCE, TEXAS (Smith County). Providence is at the intersection of Farm roads 1258 and 857, six miles north of Garden Valley in extreme northwestern Smith County. Bearfield Branch flows through the area. The vicinity was originally part of the William Daniel survey. Educational facilities existed as early as 1903, when records listed forty-nine white students and one teacher. A school community just across the Van Zandt county line was also called Providence. A large two-story white frame building served as the school in 1909 when there were forty pupils. Maps for 1936 showed a few farms and an elementary school, which had three teachers and fifty students. By 1952 the school had been consolidated into the Van district, a Van Zandt County independent school district, yet maps for 1959 still identified the building. The community had a few dwellings and Providence Cemetery in 1973. Providence Church had been built by 1981, but the number of inhabitants remained small.

Edward Clayton Curry, An Administrative Survey of the Schools of Smith County, Texas (M.Ed. thesis, University of Texas, 1938). "School Sights," Chronicles of Smith County, Fall 1969. Smith County Historical Society, Historical Atlas of Smith County (Tyler, Texas: Tyler Print Shop, 1965).
Vista K. McCroskey

Image Use Disclaimer

All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.

For more information go to:

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


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

Handbook of Texas Online, Vista K. McCroskey, "Providence, TX (Smith County)," accessed October 22, 2017,

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Texas AlmanacFor more information about towns and counties including physical features, statistics, weather, maps and much more, visit the Town Database on!