Groves Texas History:
In the late 1800s Asa E. Groves purchased 300 acres of land in the middle of what is now Groves, Texas. He arranged for Griffing Nursery to plant more than 2,500 pecan trees on the acreage. The future town of Groves, named after Asa Groves, was originally laid out as the Pecan Grove subdivision in 1916 by John Warne Gates. The townsite was taken over prior to 1921 by the Port Arthur Land and Development Company. The Groves post office was established in 1929. Groves eventually became a heavily industrialized town on the Kansas City Southern Railway. The Atlantic refining plant began operations in Groves in 1936. Groves incorporated in 1952. During the 1980s the area's industries included shipbuilding, refineries and petrochemical plants. Groves is located on the Intracoastal Waterway near Lake Sabine and the Neches River at the intersections of FM 366, U.S. 96.69, SH 73, SH 87, SH 136 and SH 347, 11 miles southeast of Beaumont, 9 miles southwest of Bridge City, 17.5 miles southwest of Orange, and 19 miles north of Sabine Pass, Texas. The town is bordered on the northwest by Nederland, on the southeast by Port Neches, and the southwest by Port Arthur, Texas.
Groves Public Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon-Thu, 8:30am-6pm; Fri, 8:30pm-5pm; Sat, 11am-3pm; closed Sunday. Computer access is closed 15 minutes prior to closing time. (409) 962-6281. 5600 W. Washington Street.
Groves Activity Building & Event Venue:
Amenities at this reservable facility include a basketball court, a volleyball court, classrooms/meeting rooms, a lounge, a fully equipped kitchen, a pool room, a gym, a weight room, and a racquetball court. They offer zumba and other classes. Open Mon-Thu, 8am-9pm, Fri, 8am-4pm.. (409) 960-5785/ 6150 39th
Annual Affair of the Arts, 3rd Saturday in April:
Activities include a pageant, a carnival, vendors and entertainment. (409) 962-3631. This event is held from 10am-6pm at Celebration Park on Lincoln Avenue.
Annual Texas Pecan Festival, Last Full Weekend in September:
This festival begins is held Thursday through Sunday. Activities include a treasure hunt, a Saturday morning parade, a cooking with pecans contest, a photo contest, a pecan toss, a pecan pie eating contest, a horseshow tournament, a golf tournament, stick barrel racing and other children’s activities, a pet show, a carnival, food vendors, arts and crafts, and live entertainment. This event is held at Chris Roark Lions Park at 6200 Jackson Street. (409) 962-3631.
Annual Lighted Christmas Parade, 1st Saturday in Dec:
This parade is held in downtown Groves at 6pm. activities include a visit from Santa. (409) 962-3631.
Larry’s French Market, Cajun Restaurant, Dance Hall & Bar:
This restaurant serves good crawfish and etouffee and offers live music
and dancing on weekends. (409) 962-3381. 3701 FM 366 (Atlantic Highway), Groves. Reviews