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Tyler County Historical Commission
Tyler County - established April 4, 1846
Tyler County - established April 4, 1846
Virtual Tour of Tyler County History
  • The following entries represent a portion of the vast collection of historical content to be shared through this Virtual Tour of Tyler County History.
  • Some entries have active links to documents, videos, or photo galleries that tell a portion of the rich history of Tyler County.
  • Other entries announce the Coming Attractions to be activated throughout the anniversary celebration.
  • We invite you to sign up for our e-newsletter to receive notices of updates to the Virtual Tour. 

Connect ...

with Ordinary People
who did
Extraordinary Things

Early Pioneers

  • Nancy Tolar Shivers 
    Widow from Mississippi
  • Henry Gainer
    1st ordained black preacher
  • James Barnes
    Pioneer from North Carolina
  • Squire Cruse
    Settler from Kentucky

2nd Generation

  • Josiah Wheat, Jr.
    His father donated land
    for City of Woodville
  • John Henry Kirby
  • Rev. Sam Mann

3rd Generation

  • Allan Shivers
  • James E. Wheat
    Attorney, Mayor, Historian


  • Gracie Walker
    Circus Performer
  • Fannie Jenkins
    Last TC ferry operator
  • Phoebe Young
  • Mayme Canada Brown
    Teacher & Community Leader
  • Clyde Gray
    Artist & Tourism Activist
  • The Big 4 - Dr's. Burton,
    Swearingen, Gilchrist, & Garner

Experience ...

Life & Times
the Years

Pioneer Homes

  • The Hicks Place
  • Tolar Kitchen
  • Cauble House
  • Colmesneil House
  • Wheat House



  • Beech Creek Church
  • Peach Tree Village
  • Mt. Hope Church
  • Cherokee Church
  • Fellowship Church

Community Life

  • Z.C. Collier Store
  • Fiber Arts Bldg. - Heritage Village
  • Schools in Tyler County
  • Flood of 1929
  • US Hwy 69
  • US Hwy 190
  • Ivanhoe
  • Lake Amanda
  • Tyler County Hospital & LVN School
  • Courthouse Janitor

Entertainment & Recreation

  • Kirkley Springs
  • Wingate Park
  • Lake Tejas
  • Dam B
  • Pitcher Plant Trail
  • Heritage Village
  • Pickett House
  • Tyler County Dogwood Festival



Stories & Photos
Your Archive

Our Editorial Board wants to hear from you.

  • Perhaps your ancestor developed a tradition or event that had a lasting impact on Tyler County.
  • Do you have photos or newspaper articles that tell of a "turning point" event?
  • Are there books or artifacts in your home that represent an era in Tyler County history?

You get the idea.

We hope you will use our
to open a conversation with us.

We want to discuss a risk-free way to use technology to add copies of your valuable photos and documents to our collection. 

Tyler County Historical Commission
P.O. Box 777
Woodville, TX 75979

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