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Sabine County

Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 717

125 N Texas Street

Hemphill, Texas 75948
 

Phone: 409-787-2732
Fax: 409-787-2158
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Causey House

Located in El Camino Park in Milam. This restored one-story log cabin was built about 1830. It was moved to its present location and restored by local volunteers.

City of Pineland

At Pineland, Sabine County's lumbering history is reflected in an old logging locomotive, a railroad depot, and a unique collection of sawmill homes from the early 1900's. These attractions can be found at the Pineland City Park alongside modern tennis courts, softball/baseball fields, a basketball court, and outdoor amphitheater that sits in a beautiful wooded park.

El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail

Designated as a National Historic Trail in 2004, the "El Camino Real de Los Tejas" has existed for more than 300 years. Marked by the Spaniards and the French, the trail was followed by such men as Moses Austin and his son, Stephen Fuller Austin (The Father of Texas), Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, and early missionaries of multiple faiths. VIEW BROCHURE

 

Gaines-Oliphint House
Located in Pendleton Harbor Subdivision off Highway 21, east of Milam. Turn right at the guardhouse, 1 block then left. This is the oldest standing log house in Texas. The house is one of the earliest Pre-Republic, Anglo-American structures in Texas. It was built around 1818 and is on the National Register.

Features the Gaines-Oliphint Pioneer Day event on the 3rd Saturday in April. VIEW BROCHURE

 

J.R. Huffman Public Library

Since opening it's doors in 1994 and becoming a member of the Houston Area Library System in 1995, the library has become a wonderful resource and attraction for the community. The library carries a large variety of fiction books including popular novels, paperbacks, westerns, and mysteries as well as non-fiction books on topics ranging from A to Z. Large print books, audio books, CDs and videos for both children and adults are also available. Magazines and daily newspapers are offered for in-house use. The library also offers a charming children's area with books and programs including Summer Readers Theater. Computers are available for public use as well as a variety of office equipment and services. Conference room with seating for 24 and theatre which accommodates 100 are available for meetings.

 

McMahan Chapel
Located on Spur 35 off Highway 21 near Geneva. This is the oldest Protestant church that has had continuous service in Texas. The first church building was of logs built in 1837. The first pastor was Rev. Littleton Fowler. In compliance with his request, he was buried beneath the pulpit of the chapel. The second building was erected in 1872, the third in 1900, and the present landmark Chapel was completed in 1949. All these buildings have occupied the same spot in order that the grave of Rev. Fowler would not be disturbed. The Chapel is open every day to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Nethery's Store
Located on Highway 87 North and Highway 21 in Milam. C.A. Nethery General Merchandise is the oldest continually-run business in Sabine County. It has retained its century-old charm with original fixtures, shelves and wood-burning stove and offers a poignant glimpse into life the way it used to be in Sabine County. Open Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1:30 p.m.

 

Patricia Huffman Smith Museum; Remembering Columbia

The museum is being made possible through the generosity of Mr. Albert "Al" Smith, in remembrance of his deceased wife, Patricia Huffman Smith and many other generous donations.

This museum will tell the story of space exploration from the first mission of the Columbia to its last mission, STS-107.  It will also reveal the efforts of local citizens during the recovery of Space Shuttle Columbia, STS-107 and its Crew.  An area will be dedicated to each crewmember that was lost in the tragedy, including the Texas Forest Service employee and the helicopter pilot who lost their lives during the recovery effort.  The families of the crew will contribute personal items belonging to their loved ones to be on permanent display.  This museum will house many items and artifacts from NASA and its contractors, the families of STS-107, as well as from other individuals. 

The museum will feature two simulator interactive devices that emulate activities of the shuttle and orbiter.  The classroom for the digital learning center will provide an excellent opportunity for the advancement of education for people of all ages. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday - 10 AM-5 PM, and Sunday - 1 PM-5 PM. Cost to tour the museum is $5 for adults, $3 for children. The museum's gift shop offers NASA gear and memorabilia for sale. VIEW WEBSITE

Sabine County Courthouse
Located in the county seat of Hemphill. The Courthouse was completed around 1910 and is one of East Texas' best-known landmarks. It has been restored and the old curved original steps on the North side have been rebuilt. A new addition is the seal in the tile on the second floor. It has special significance for both Sabine County and Texas history.

Sabine County Historical Jail Museum
Located on the Courthouse Square in Hemphill. The jail was built in 1904 and was used as Sabine County Jail until 1982. This is one of two jails in Texas that had a hanging rope. It is now known as Sabine County Jail Museum and Vergie Speights Memorial Library. The jail is rich in history, rare books for viewing and many interesting exhibits. You can view the rope used in one of the hangings and the trap door. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.

Sabine County Cemeteries
Sabine County has many old cemeteries of significance to the history of Texas. Information is available at the Sabine County Jail Museum or the Sabine County Chamber of Commerce.

 

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