Nederland Texas History:
Arthur E. Stilwell was instrumental in the development of Nederland as a community for Dutch immigrants. His Kansas City, Pittsburg and Gulf Railway had established a line in the area. In an effort to ensure the profitability of the railroad, the Port Arthur Townsite Company and the Port Arthur Land Company were established to develop the townsite. In 1897, George Rienstra became the first Dutch settler to arrive. He was soon followed by 40 others. These early immigrants established truck and dairy farms. Rice was an especially popular crop until the 1907 depression and other circumstances virtually wiped out the rice industry and caused many of the more recent immigrants to leave the area. The discovery of the Spindletop oilfield in January, 1901 brought new found prosperity to the whole region. Sun Oil Company established a plant just north of town and the Texas Company (later Texaco) established a plant to the south of town. During the same decade the Humphrey Oil Company and Pure Oil Company (subsequently Union Oil) built a refinery at Smith's Bluff to the east. The refineries and petroleum industries are still an important part of Nederland’s economy. The town incorporated on April 29, 1940; it had 3,801 residents in 1950. The revitalized downtown area features ornamental lighting, benches, and red brick pavers in crosswalks and intersections. Nederland is located on the Neches River adjacent to the Southeast Texas Regional Airport in Port Arthur at the intersections of U.S. 69/96/287, FM 366 and FM 365, 7 miles southeast of Beaumont, 6 miles northwest of Groves, 2.6 miles southwest of Port Neches, 9 miles northwest of Port Arthur, 22.4 miles southwest of Orange, 13.7 miles southwest of Bridge City, and 22.3 miles north of Sabine Pass, Texas.
City of Nederland, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“Settled by Dutch immigrants in 1897; named for their native Netherlands, which in the 1890s suffered overcrowding, worn out soil, and scant hope for prosperity. Thus when the Port Arthur Land Company (joined by Dutch businessmen) advertised the abundance of America, many families eagerly moved to this region. The new colony thrived, although torrid summers, frigid winters, and swamps prompted a few to return to Holland. Those who remained built a sound economy of farming and ranching, now largely replaced by rice-growing and industries.” The marker is located in front of the replica of a Dutch windmill in Tex Ritter Park at 1500 Boston Avenue.
Dutch Windmill Museum at Tex Ritter Park:
The 1969 windmill is an exact replica of a Dutch windmill. Artifacts on the three floors include a late 1800s trunk from Holland, wooden shoes, and the 1952 Gold Medal won by native son W.F. (Buddy) Davis. The Western themed first floor features a suit, boots and other items owned by Tex Ritter
, one of the best known singing cowboys in Western movies. A small gift shop is stocked with items imported from Holland. A Texas Historical Marker is dedicated to historic Nederland; a marker dedicated to war veterans is located in the adjacent Tex Ritter Park. Open Tue-Sun, 1-5pm; admission is free. The museum is located adjacent to the La Maison Acadienne Museum at 1500 Boston Avenue.
La Maison Acadienne Museum:
The museum is dedicated to the French immigrants who arrived soon after the Dutch immigrants. The building is a replica of early Acadian homes in South Louisiana. Open Tue-Sun, 1pm-5pm; admission is free. The museum is located adjacent to the Dutch Windmill Museum in Tex Ritter Park at 1500 Boston Avenue.
Nederland High School Performing Arts Center:
(409) 727-2741, Ext. 2025.. 2101 18th Street.
Marion & Ed Hughes 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, 1-9pm; Tue-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 10:30am-2pm; closed Sundays. 2712 Nederland Avenue, Nederland, TX 77627
- Nederland Recreation Center:
Amenities include a gym, volleyball and basketball courts, a weight room, a racquetball court, locker rooms, a kitchen and meeting rooms. The Center offers fitness classes, sports leagues and event rental spaces. Open Mon-Thu, 10am-8pm; Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat, 11am-5pm; closed Sundays. (409) 724-0773. 2301 Avenue H.
Annual Nederland Heritage Festival, Six Days in March:
Activities include a pageant, a Fun Run, A Country Music show and other live music on the Tex Ritter Park stage, a treasure hunt, a golf tournament at the Bab Zaharias Golf Course, a Battle of the Bands, a chili cook-off, a motorcycle & car show, an art show, a washer tournament, a cuisine walk, a carnival, a petting zoo (on the Midway adjacent to the La Maison Museum), a carnival, a crafts and collectibles market, food and other vendors. This event takes place over the third weekend in March. (409) 724-2269. This event is held at Tex Ritter Park at 1500 Boston Avenue. Email
Annual Nederland Christmas Parade, 2ndTuesday in Dec:
Activities include a 6pm lighted parade on Boston Avenue, live music and Santa. (409) 722-0279.
Daviss Donuts & Deli:
(409) 729-5100. 1706 FM 365. Reviews
Taco Rey Mexican Restaurant:
(409) 721-5100. 1505 Nederland Avenue. Reviews
Pho Ha Vietnamese:
(409) 729-8899. 3324 Nederland Avenue. Reviews
Rao's Bakery & Coffee Cafe:
(409) 729-7267. 3504 FM 365. Reviews
La Suprema Mexican Restaurant:
(409) 722-2880the restaurant is located at 3105 FM 365. Reviews
(409) 724-6100. 3914 North Twin City Highway.
This popular restaurant serves good seafood. (409) 722-2323. 1507 S. SH 69. Reviews
Sartin’s is well known for its great BBQ Crabs
. Open Tue-Thu, 11am-9pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-10pm; Sun, 11am-3pm; closed Mondays. (409) 721-9420. The restaurant is located at 3520 Nederland. Reviews