Wood County Stories

The Way to Community is Paved with Christmas Lights

By Brynna Williamson

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Cheeks are rosy red from the cold, steam is curling up from warm, rich mugs of hot cocoa, and Bing Crosby is playing in the store on the corner.

A Heritage of Traditions: Winnsboro Puts On 64th Annual Autumn Trails

By Brynna Williamson

Once upon a time, a group of East Texans decided to have some fun.

They wanted to enjoy what Howard Rosser, a Winnsboro native and pioneer of Autumn Trails’ driving tour, would later describe as extraordinary beauty.

Hawkins Oil Festival

By Brynna Williamson

Remember in those old movies when an organization would put on a festival and the entire community would show up to eat, drink, laugh and reminisce together?

Yeah, the Hawkins Oil Festival is like that.

It Takes a Village:” Mineola Puts on Community Iron Horse Heritage Festival

By Brynna Williamson

Being here, in this beautiful downtown with its laughing, smiling people, feels like home. It feels like being nostalgic for a time and a place many of us never lived in… it feels like the realization of the American dream.

A Reunion for the Old and Young

By Brynna Williamson

Rocking country music plays in the background as twilight sets in. The flickering lights of a carousel shine out, softly lighting the area, as crickets and cicadas nestled in the surrounding trees set off the atmosphere to a perfect summery sweetness. Parents stand in small groups, talking, laughing, fanning, sipping, as children run around clutching hard-won prizes and sweet treats.