Centerville Texas History:
In 1850 when it became clear that Leona, the original Leon County seat, did not meet the Texas legislature’s requirement that the county seat be centrally located in the county, the town of Centreville was platted as the new county seat. A post office was established and a wood courthouse was built the same year. The courthouse was replaced with a brick building in 1858. This courthouse burned down in 1886 and was replaced with a new brick courthouse. In 1872, Centreville was bypassed by the International-Great Northern Railroad, slowing the town’s growth. In 1882, the town had a church, a school, two general stores, two hotels, a saloon, a steam gristmill, a cotton gin and 300 residents. By 1900 the town only had 318 residents. By 1914 Centreville had 600 residents and had changed the spelling of its name to Centerville. The town incorporated in 1930 when it had 388 residents. The courthouse square was paved in the 1930s by a Work Projects Administration project. The annual Black-Eyed Pea Festival was established in 1937. In 2000 the community had 127 businesses. Centerville is located between two branches of Keechi Creek at the intersections of IH-45, SH 7 (St. Marys Street), SH 75 (Commerce Street), and FM 1119 (South Cass Street), 59 miles northeast of College Station, 38 miles northeast of Franklin, 56 miles east of Marlin, 60 miles southeast of Mexia, 57 miles southeast of Groesbeck, 35 miles southeast of Fairfield and Fairfield State Park, 34.4 miles southeast of Teague, 16 miles southeast of Buffalo, 50 miles southwest of Palestine, 33 miles southwest of Crockett and Houston County Lake, 49 miles northwest of Huntsville, 34.4 miles 22 miles northwest of Madisonville, 17 miles northwest of Jewett, 7 miles north of Leona, and 23 miles northeast of Normangee, Texas.
Leon County Courthouse, 1886:
The brick courthouse was designed in Renaissance revival style by architect William Johnson. A gazebo is located on the courthouse lawn. The courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 1010 Leon County census was 16,801. (903) 536-2331. 130 East St. Mary’s Street.
Leon County Jails:
There are four county jails located on the courthouse square. The 1887 brick jail was designed to match the 1858 courthouse which burned in 1886. The 1913 jail is also built of brick. The 1974 jail houses county offices. The present jail was built in 1994.
Annual Leon County Funtier Days, July 4th:
Activities include a talent show, Stu’s Country Mile Marathon, live entertainment at the gazebo on the courthouse square from 11am-4pm, a dominos tournament at the Leon County Annex building (113 East Main Street), a parade, a quilt show, a arts & crafts flea market, a pageant, and food vendors. (903) 536-7261. Email
Huebner Christmas Tree Farm, Normangee, TX:
They offer cut your own Christmas trees. They grow and sell Virginia pine, Leyland cypress and Blue Ice Arizona trees. The also sell pre-cut Fraser fir trees. They offer hayrides, tours, and visits by Santa. Their gift shop sells wreaths, garlands, gifts, and arts and crafts. They open the Friday after Thanksgiving. They are open Wed-Sat, 9am-dark; Sun, 1pm-dark. (903) 344-1132. 4302 PR 4010, Normangee, TX 77871. Normangee is located 23 miles southwest of Centerville and 24 miles south of Jewett, Texas. Email Normangee Texas Map; Click to Enlarge Normangee Texas Area Map
Leona General Store Steakhouse, Leona, TX:
This restaurant serves delicious steaks. All you can eat catfish is on Thursdays, 5:30pm-8:30pm. Friday night steak night is from 5:30pm-9pm. Saturday night steak night is from 5:30pm-8:30pm. (903) 344-1181. The restaurant is located at SH 75 and FM 977, 6 miles south of Centerville. Leona Texas Map; Click to Enlarge Leona Texas Area Map Reviews
They have a great selection of delicious jerky. They also sell cheeses, meats, barbecue, jams, salsas, and breads. This is a “must do” if you are in Centerville. Southbound Woody’s: (903) 536-2434. Northbound Woody’s: (903) 536-9663. Woody’s two locations are on IH-45 and SH 7 West (947 West Saint Marys Street), Exit 164, Centerville. Reviews