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Exhibits & Collections

Temporary Exhibits

If These Woods Could Talk: The Thompson Lumber Company in East Texas, 1908

Money Trees: The Economic Impact of the Forest Products Industry in East Texas

Texas in Flames: A Look at the 2011 Wildfire Season

Timbertown Trains

Timbertown Trains is an interactive children' s exhibit featuring a hands on toy train that helps children learn how trees were cut in the woods and brought to the mill and mill town by rail lines. 

Timbertown Sawmill House

Permanent Exhibits

Texas trees are not always viewed as icons of the state. The Lone Star State, usually brings visions of cattle, cowboys and oil wells. However, between 1890 and 1900, the timber business of Texas brought more money to the economy of the state than any other industry.

The 14 million acres of the East Texas Pineywoods are still important to Texas. Sawmills, logging railroads, and modern forest management have all influenced East Texas culture. The story of the people, places and products of the Pineywoods are the focus of the exhibits at the Texas Forestry Museum.

Highlights of the permanent exhibits include:

Forest History Wing

Resource & Management Wing

Paper Mill Room

The story of paper, with special emphasis on Southland Mills Inc. that opened a new industry for the south - newsprint made from southern yellow pine.

Outdoor Exhibits<

  • Logging locomotive and tender, log loader and log car, and caboose
  • Sawmill town depot
  • Skidders, tree planters, etc.

Sawmill Doctor Exhibit - Coming Spring 2014


The Museum selectively collects and preserves objects, photographs and papers that are determined to be important in interpreting the forests of Texas and the people and products related to the history of the forest industries in Texas.

The Texas Forestry Museum will consider contributions of objects into its permanent collection that meet these goals:

  • Is associated with forestry or the forest products related industries of Texas
  • Is in good condition
  • Is not already over-represented in the collection

If you have an item you think would find a good home in the collections of the Texas Forestry Museum, please contact staff to discuss a possible donation: 936.632.9535, or email us.

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