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2010 Census - 1,441
2000 Census - 1,348
Edgewood, Texas

Edgewood Texas History:
From 1840 to the 1870s the community of Barren Ridge existed two miles southeast of present day Edgewood. The Barren Ridge post office opened in 1850. In 1872, the Texas and Pacific Railway built a line across the county and through Wills Point, bypassing Canton by ten miles. Wills Point residents were able to persuade county officials to move the county seat to Wills Point. A dispute erupted and armed Canton residents went to Wills Point to retrieve the county records. The county judge had to wire Governor Richard B. Hubbard for aid. When the issue was finally brought before the Texas Supreme Court, the court decided in favor of Canton. Meanwhile, Canton residents refused to use the Wills Point railroad station so the town’s businessmen built an extension line from Canton to the Texas and Pacific rail line at current day Edgewood, ten miles northwest of Canton. District judge elect John C. Robertson and his partner William S. Herndon donated land for a railroad depot. A section house and a freight and passenger depot were constructed and named Stevenson Switch. The town was platted in 1875 and the post office was established in 1877. By 1890, Edgewood had a church, a school, the Baxter Hotel, a blacksmith shop, two general stores, a gristmill and cotton gin, and 650 residents. Today, ranching is the main industry, and the community is primarily a city of commuters and retirees. Edgewood is located at the intersection of U.S.80 (Pine Street) and FM 859, 53.5 miles southeast of Dallas, 23 miles southeast of Terrell, 25.6 miles southeast of Quinlan, 46 miles southeast of Greenville, 28 miles southeast of East Tawakoni and Lake Tawakoni, 7.6 miles slightly southeast of Wills Point, 38.6 miles southwest of Sulphur Springs, 49 miles southwest of Winnsboro, 34 miles southwest of Quitman, 17 miles southwest of Emory and Lake Fork, 49 miles northwest of Tyler, 36 miles northwest of Lindale and Tyler State Park, 43.5 miles northwest of Chandler and Lake Palestine, 33.7 miles northeast of Edom, 22.6 miles northwest of Van, 23.8 miles northeast of Ben Wheeler, 10.8 miles northwest of Grand Saline, 37 miles north of Athens, 10.3 miles slightly northwest of Canton, 36 miles northeast of Gun Barrel City and the Cedar Creek Reservoir, and 35 miles northeast of Kaufman, Texas.  
Edgewood Heritage Park Village:
This three city block site houses 21 authentically restored and furnished structures representing rural life in East Texas from the 1800's to the 1920's. Buildings include the Gilliam Gas Station, the 1920 Tom Cat Café, the 1874 Scott cabin, a barber shop, the 1898 Spradlin log house, a historic church, a 1920s school house from Myrtle Springs, and a log barn (corn crib). The Missouri Pacific Railroad car contains railroad artifacts and a DCC and DC compatible model train track. During the Edgewood Train Day modelers may bring their trains and run them on the track. Depot tours are given during train day. The depot is located on the north side of Heritage Park. School tours are available for third and fourth graders by appointment. The church is available for weddings. Heritage Park hosts the annual Heritage Park Village Festival in November. Open Tue, Wed, Fri-Sat, 10am-3pm. A small admission fee applies. (903) 896-4358. (903) 896-1940. (903) 896-4448. 106 North Main Street. Email    
Edgewood Civic Center:
This center is located in the restored 1910 J. W. Peavey building. Senior activities include Senior Dance Night, quilting sessions, lunch and other activities. The Meals on Wheels program is housed in the center. The Civic Center is available for public and private events, and for senior citizen activities. (903) 896-4064.
Canton First Monday Trade Days and the Canton RV Park, Civic Center & Cafe:
First Monday Trade Days is thought to have started during Confederate times when district court meetings were held the first Monday of each month and residents and visitors swapped surplus stock, and later began swapping dogs, antiques, and other items on the 30 acre grounds. It has grown to be one of the nation’s best and most famous flea markets. It covers more than 100 acres and is so large it is impossible to view everything in one day. You will find “real” dealers and serious collectors at this market. Most indoor vendors accept checks and credit cards; many outdoor vendors accept cash only. Scooters, wagons, shopping carts, and sometimes wheelchairs are available for rent near each of the main entrances. Food and drink vendors and picnic tables are available within the park. Maps are available at the main gates and at the Information Booth in Trade Center IV. The town of Canton has 3,292 residents; over 200,000 visitors descend on the town during Trade Days so make your overnight reservations early. The market is open Thursday through Sunday prior to the first Monday of each month, from 7am to 6pm. Some vendors remain open until dark during the spring and summer months. Hours vary seasonally. Trade Days are located at the City of Canton’s Civic Center. The historic main west entrance features the 1850 arch and “The Trade” statue featuring a man and two dogs. This entrance is located on FM 859 (North Monday Lake). Additional entrances are located at SH 19 (Trade Days Boulevard), and SH 64 (Davis Street). Admission to Trade Days is free. (903) 567-6556. Fax: /2923. 800 Flea Market Road, Canton, TX 75103. Email 
Annual Van Zandt County Fair and Rodeo, April:
Activities include rodeo events, a pet show, a cook-off, concerts, a talent search, a chili cook-off, merchandise venues and food booths, and more. (903) 567-4149. The fairgrounds are located at 24742 SH 64 at SH 234 East. Contacts
Annual U.S. 80 Hi-Way Sale and Auto Cruise, 2nd and 3rd Weekends in Oct:
The sale begins in Bossier City, Louisiana and stretches to Grand Prairie, Texas. This sale features the booths of hundreds of vendors, schools, clubs, churches, and individuals selling everything from tools to toys, baked goods to books, and golf clubs to go-carts. This event is sponsored by the East Texas Tourism Association. (903) 757-4444. (800) 766-3349. The association’s office is located at 421 North Center Street, Longview, TX 75601. Email
Annual Heritage Park Festival, 2ndSaturday in Nov:
Activities include a classic car show, live music, arts and crafts, food vendors, a CASI chili cook-off, a pinto bean cook-off, juried quilt show, a Boy Scout and Girl Scout exhibits, a gourmet bake sale, train vendors, a model train exhibit, the Edgewood print shop, pioneer skills demonstrations, a talent show, gun fights, barbershop haircuts, photos with Santa, a dog show and children’s activities. This festival is held at the Heritage Park Village. Open 9am-4pm. (903) 896-1940. 106 N. Main Street. Email
Four Winds Steakhouse, Wills Point, TX:
They serve great food in a fine dining environment with great views. The restaurant is located in the ranch house of former Dallas Cowboy Lee Roy Jordan. The chef is Frank Rumore, the former chef at Del Frisco’s. Reservations are available online or by calling after 2pm. (903) 873-2225. 21191 FM 47, Wills Point, 31 miles slightly northwest of Mineola, 18 miles slightly northwest of Grand Saline, 14 miles northwest of Canton, 20 miles northeast of Kaufman, 16 miles slightly southeast of Terrell, 24 miles southwest of Emory and 18 miles southeast of Quinlan, Texas. Reviews  Wills Point Map; Click to Enlarge