Curious about what goes on in Center, Texas? We take a look at what there is to do.
Right in the middle of Shelby County, Texas is the county seat of Center. It’s a quintessential small town with grate East Texas hospitality.
Originally named White Cottage, it became the county seat in 1866. After a vote to move the county seat from nearby Shelbyville, the Shelbyville residents organized to keep the county documents (thereby the county seat) safe where they are. It took a group of men to confiscate all of the records from Shelbyville and move them. Center’s economy has changed over the years from cotton to timber to the poultry industry (thanks to a Tyson poultry processing plant) to natural gas. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population is 5,193.
Plans are underway on the Center Streetscape Project to improve the downtown area. Businesses along the downtown square sell a lot of great and unique items from clothing, to spa services, to food, and more. Also in downtown, you can visit 2 of the major attractions: the Shelby County Historic Courthouse and the Rio Theater. The center of Center also hosts two of the biggest festivals in East Texas. Cool off in the summer at the What-A-Melon Festival. Once the temperatures cool off in October, enjoy the East Texas Poultry Festival. Youth baseball is big in the summer with several tournaments played at Center Park. There is always something going on at the new Windham Civic Center and there are plenty of great hotel rooms. Enjoy world class fishing at nearby Lake Pinkston, and the Toledo Bend Reservoir is just a short drive away.
There’s a lot more to do in and Center, Texas and Shelby County. More information about the city and what you can do out there can be found here. If you want to know more about Shelby County, check out their Chamber of Commerce website.