Historic Stinson Home in Quitman, Texas
The City of Quitman is the county seat of Wood County, in Upper East Texas.
Situated at the intersection of Highways 37 and 154, it lies 35 miles north of Tyler, and 27 miles south of Sulphur Springs.
Its population is over 1,900 residents as of the Federal Census of 2020.
The Quitman Zip Code is 75783, and its Area Code is 903. For more information, visit the official website of the City of Quitman.
The Quitman City Hall is located at 401 East Goode Street; its Mailing Address is P. O. Box 1855, Quitman, TX 75783. Phone the City Hall at 903.763.4045.
Quitman Information & Resources
- City of Quitman
- Quitman Parks and Recreation
- Quitman Chamber of Commerce
- Quitman Independent School District
- Wood County Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
- Wood County Texas
- Wood County Airport
- Wood County Industrial Commission
- Wood County Monitor
- Lake Tawakoni
- Lake Fork
Area Tourism and Attractions
City Park and the Stinson Home
The Governor Jim Hogg City Park honors Texas’ first native-born governor, James Stephen Hogg, who served from 1891 to 1895. There are three museums on the park grounds which cover nearly 27 acres.
The park is located on Highway 37 just south of downtown Quitman and the Wood County Courthouse.
The park also features the Stinson Home which was built in 1869 and moved 13 miles to its present location in the park in 1969.
The Honeymoon Cottage, the early home of Gov. Jim and Sallie Hogg, features original furnishings, and the Ima Hogg Museum, named for the Hoggs’ only daughter, houses Northeast Texas and family memorabilia.
Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in Quitman, Texas
On special occasions, visitors can watch the Stinson House Quilters work in the 1869 house that belonged to Sallie Hogg’s parents.
The park also include pavilion rentals, group picnic sites, playground, nature trail and 19 RV and trailer sites with water, electricity and sewer hookups.
Read more about Quitman Parks and Recreation.
Wood County Arboretum
The Wood County Arboretum & Botanical Gardens covers 23 acres and includes a walking trail, gazebo, sensory garden, shade garden, a waterwise garden, numerous rose and flower beds. It is located at 100 Governor Hogg Parkway; phone 430.235.5461 for more information.
Quitman is the home of the largest quilting shop in the state of Texas, Stitchin' Heaven. It recently moved back to town in its new 17,500 sqft location at 321 Richards Street. The store originally opened in Quitman in the late 1990s, and later moved to a larger location in Mineola.
Today, Stitchin' Heaven in Quitman is open Monday - Saturday, 10:00am to 5:00pm. A grand opening of the new store was held in February of 2020.
Area Lakes and Outdoor Activities
Water, fish, and wildlife are important natural resources in Wood County. Lake Fork, Lake Quitman (814 acres), Lake Winnsboro (806 acres), Lake Hawkins (776 acres) and Lake Holbrook (653 acres) offer family fun, swimming, fishing, water-skiing, picnicking, and camping. Many smaller private lakes and ponds provide abundant water for recreational activities and for domestic, industrial, and agricultural uses.
Another popular area destination is Lake Fork. At 27,264 acres and 315 miles of shoreline, Lake Fork was designed to be a premier bass fishing lake and currently holds records for 34 out of the Top 50 largemouth bass caught in Texas.
This popular lake located on the Sabine River in Hopkins, Rains and Wood Counties, 5 miles northwest of Quitman, and north of Mineola. It was impounded in 1980, and today reaches a depth of 70 feet.
The earthen dam consists of a rolled-earth fill about 12,410 feet long with a crown width of 20 feet at elevation 419.5 m.s.l.
Read more about Lake Fork
Lake Tawakoni, also known as the Iron Bridge Dam and Reservoir Project, was the first major project built by the Sabine River Authority of Texas.
Lake Tawakoni has a surface area of about 36,700 acres. The dam is located about 10 miles northeast of Wills Point, and the reservoir lies within parts of Hunt, Rains, and Van Zandt Counties.
Lake Tawakoni Dam (photo courtesy of the Sabine River Authority)
The project's primary purpose is one of water conservation and supply. The reservoir as-built storage capacity at conservation pool elevation of 437.5 mean sea level .
The South Fork, Cowleech Fork, and Caddo Forks that all formed the Sabine River headwaters are now submerged under the lake and the lake now serves as the headwaters of the Sabine River.
Nearby is the Lake Tawakoni State Park which offers fishing, boating, camping, hiking, birding and other outdoor activities.
Read more about Lake Tawakoni
Other Things to Do Near Quitman
While visiting the Quitman area, you may want to take other interesting day trips in several directions:
- Jefferson - antiques, train rides, steamboats, B&Bs
- Gladewater - antique capitol of East Texas
- Kilgore - home of the East Texas Oil Museum and Kilgore College
- Longview - historic buildings, shopping, restaurants
- Marshall - Railroad Museum, Christmas Wonderland, more
- Canton - home of First Monday Trade Days
- Toledo Bend Reservoir - boating, fishing, swimming, marinas, hiking, camping, golf, resorts, restaurants
Map of Quitman Texas (courtesy of Google Maps)
Map Showing Location of Quitman in East Texas
The Wood County Courthouse in Quitman, Texas
(Photo courtesy of Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0)