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.
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:
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.
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:
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.