Wood County Stories

Texas’ Best-Kept Secret

By Brynna Williamson

3,000 acres, 64 clubs and groups, 60 employees, 50 years, 5 separate lakes… and a partridge in a pear tree?

East Texas’ very own Holly Lake Ranch, a gated community boasting around 4,000 people, is the second-largest community in the Wood County area.

Sissy Spacek and the Humanness That We All Share

By Christophe Trahan, Executive Director of the Wood County Economic Development Commission

The clock struck midnight and Christmas Day, 1949 began. As eager children in Quitman, Texas were doing their best to stay awake and possibly catch a glimpse of Old Saint Nick, a star was being born—a child that would prove in her lifetime to be vivacious, unearthly in her talent, and unequivocally down-to-earth as she navigated an illustrious career in the American entertainment industry.

Historic Homes of Wood County

By Brynna Williamson

Wood County is home to a number of truly beautiful and unique historical residences. Each of these East Texas beauties has an exceptional story behind it, guaranteed to bring you right back to the “good old days!” With their fascinating histories and breathtaking properties, these Wood County homes are definitely worth a visit.

Winnsboro Farmers' Market: Fresh Options, Fantastic Locale

By Shiela Haynes, Editor of The Winnsboro News

Vine-ripened tomatoes, home-canned jams and jellies, local honey, fresh-cut flowers, locally sourced meat, and fresh-baked goods are just a handful of reasons to make your way to the Winnsboro Farmers’ Market on a Saturday morning this fall. Open 8:00 a.m. to noon from the first week in April through the end of October, the market hosts as many as 600 visitors on any given Saturday.

Rebirth of Mineola’s Historic Beckham Hotel

By Kent Huffman, CEO & CMO for East Texas Marketing, LLC

The charming East Texas town of Mineola is known far and wide for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that Mineola and nearby Golden, Texas are the childhood stomping grounds of country music superstar Kacey Musgraves. But Mineola is also home to an arguably lesser-known, yet intriguing legend: A fascinating historic building named the Beckham Hotel & Ballroom.