Woodville in Tyler County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
(Crossroads to East Texas)
Home ground of civilized tribes of Indians. Visited 1756 by Spanish explorers, who were trying to keep French trading expeditions out of Texas.
Site in 1831 of Fort Teran, commanded by Colonel Ellis Peter Bean, famous and colorful adventurer.
The county was created and organized in 1846. It was named for President John Tyler, who signed the resolution to annex Texas to the United States.
A 200-acre plot for a county seat was donated by a leading early settler, Josiah Wheat. It was named "Woodville" for George T. Wood, sponsor of the bill in the First Legislature of Texas which created the county. (Wood later served as Governor of Texas, from 1847 to 1849.)
In the "Big Thicket." Home of the annual Dogwood Festival. Economy is based on timber, oil, livestock.
First county officials: William P. Sansour, chief justice; Ezekiel Green, George Kirkwood, Angelina Parker, Ivy Taylor, commissioners; James Sapp, sheriff: James Barclay, tax assessor and collector; J. Dobb and William Gray, justices of the peace; Harmon Frazier, surveyor; John C. Arnett, treasurer.
Erected 1966 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 11458.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Political Subdivisions. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #10 John Tyler series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1756.
Location. 30° 46.512′ N, 94° 24.924′ W. Marker is in Woodville, Texas, in Tyler County. Marker is on U.S. 190 west of U.S. 69, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 W Bluff Street, Woodville TX 75979, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tyler County Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Woodville Academy and Woodville College (a few steps from this marker); Lt. Col. Phillip A. Work (a few steps from this marker); Home of James Edward Wheat (about Texas Statesman Allan Shivers (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Henry Kirby and Education in Woodville (approx. ¼ mile away); The Rev. Acton Young (approx. half a mile away); Site of Henry T. Scott School (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodville.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 5, 2011, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 955 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on November 15, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. 2, 3. submitted on August 5, 2011, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. 4. submitted on November 15, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.