Ward Prairie

Ward Prairie, also known as Lakes Chapel, is a widely scattered community on Farm Road 488 five miles northeast of Fairfield in central Freestone County. Both a Methodist church and a cemetery were established in 1876. The community had a school named Lakes Chapel School, which in 1893 had an enrollment of twenty-three students and in 1903 had an enrollment of twenty-four students. In the 1930s Ward Prairie had a school, a church, two cemeteries, a business, and a number of scattered dwellings. In the 1960s the community had a church, a few cemeteries, and a few dwellings, and in the late 1980s the church and cemeteries still remained.

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Chris Cravens | © TSHA

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Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Ward Prairie is part of or belongs to the following places:

Currently Exists


Place type

Ward Prairie is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • [Ward Chapel]
  • (Lakes Chapel)


Latitude: 31.76350070
Longitude: -96.13830330

Has Post Office


Is Incorporated