Established in 1846, Woodville was named after the second governor
of Texas, George T. Wood.
Landmarks & Recreation
On US 287, 1 mile West of Woodville. Admissions.
and Museum -
302 N. Charlton. Admissions
Indian Reservation -
In the Big Thicket. Camping, fishing and swimming
For information, check with Big Thicket Information Station on FM420,
7 miles N of Kountze.
On US 287, 14 miles S of Woodville
Lake B.A. Steinhagen
Jr. State Park
park beside U.S. Highway 287 northwest of Woodville is a wonderful
place just for sitting on a park bench, listening to the sounds
of the forest, and dipping your toes in a spring-fed pool built
by Civilian Conservation Corps workers in the 1930s. Families come
here for reunions, kids enjoy running around the expansive grounds,
and Scout troops often camp beneath the tall trees.
places" by Bob Bowman)
| Woodville Methodist
Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
Marker (on N. Nellius St., Woodville)
In 1855 M. Priest
deeded one acre of land, containing several graves, for use as a public
burial ground. Another acre was donated by Jane Bean in 1859, and
additional land was acquired later.
Woodville Magnolia Cemetery contains the graves of numerous pioneer
settlers and early community leaders. Handmade bricks outline some
of the older graves not marked with headstones, such as the graves
of five wives of George Van Vleck and several of his children. Van
Vleck, who is buried in Houston's
Cemetery, served as the first district clerk of Tyler
County for 16 years and as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of
Texas, A. F. & A. M., in 1862. Among the other pioneers buried here
are Captain Charles Bullock (1825-1902), who raised a company of soldiers
for the Confederate army, and the Rev. Acton Young (1823-1873), early
Methodist minister in this region. Also located here is the gravesite
of Nancy Shivers (d. 1890), a widow who brought her family to Texas
before the Civil War. Allan
Shivers, Governor of Texas from 1949 to 1957, is one of her descendants.
Veterans of the Civil War, Spanish-American
War, World Wars I
and II, and
the Vietnam Conflict are interred here.
Dogwood Festival - in the Spring
Call the chamber for information
Tyler County Chamber
of Commerce - (409) 283-2632
717 W. Bluff Woodville, Texas 75979
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