“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Lufkin in Angelina County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Whitehouse Cemetery

Whitehouse Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, April 9, 2010
1. Whitehouse Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  According to local tradition, this cemetery may take its name from the 19th-century Cole family home, a structure whose whitewashed exterior stood out from the majority of other log houses and frame buildings in the area. It lies on what was once a thoroughfare from the former Angelina County Seat of Homer to Crockett, the county seat of neighboring Houston County. Although the oldest marked grave-that of Catherine Wheat Wideman-is from 1893, there are earlier burial sites on the property.
Whitehouse Cemetery contains the burials of people who lived and worked in the central part of the county, including early settlers and residents of the area. Family names on the tombstones reflect many who were influential in shaping and organizing Lufkin and Angelina County government and businesses. Among the most significant were the Ganns, who for many years owned the land on which the cemetery is located.
In 1934, the Whitehouse Cemetery Association was organized to care for the property. It purchased additional land from the Gann family in 1941. Until the 1960s, all graves were kept clear of vegetation in the traditional "scraped-earth" manner.
Whitehouse Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, April 9, 2010
2. Whitehouse Cemetery
As a reminder of the people who settled permanently in this part of Angelina County, the Whitehouse Cemetery remains a significant part of the area's heritage.
Erected 2002 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12819.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites.
Location. 31° 17.94′ N, 94° 43.086′ W. Marker is in Lufkin, Texas, in Angelina County. Marker is on Whitehouse Drive, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 416 Whitehouse Drive, Lufkin TX 75901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. City of Lufkin (approx. 1.2 miles away); First Christian Church of Lufkin (approx. 1.8 miles away); First United Methodist Church of Lufkin (approx. 2 miles away); Lufkin Foundry and Machine Company (approx. 2.4 miles away); W.C. Trout and the Counter-Balanced Pumping Unit (approx. 2.4 miles away); Angelina County (approx. 2.6 miles away); Site of Martin Wagon Company (approx. 2.8 miles away); KRBA-AM Radio Station (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lufkin.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 12, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,640 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 12, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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