Whitehouse Texas History:
Early settlers were the Quapaw Indians who had a camp in the area in 1818. In 1836, travelers from Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, and other eastern states pass through the area on their way to help Texas defend the Alamo, though they arrived in San Antonio too late. Many of these settlers were so impressed with the Whitehouse area that they collected their families from their hometowns and returned to the area. By 1850s, many settlers were raising cotton, tomatoes, peaches, watermelons and vegetables. Others were engaged in the lumbering industry. In the early1870s, the International-Great Northern Railroad built a line through the area, allowing Whitehouse to become a shipping center for area agriculture and timber industries. The Whitehouse post office was established in 1873. Whitehouse is said to have gotten its name from a whitewashed building located near the railroad tracks that served as a school, church, and place for business meetings and social gatherings. Steam locomotives going through stopped to take on water near the "white house," and soon the community itself became known by the term. The discovery of the East Texas oil field in Joinerville in 1830 caused the town’s population to grow to 500 residents, but by 1940, it had fallen to 400. Today’s local industries include cattle ranching, chicken farming, tree nurseries and tourism from the nearby Tyler Lakes. Many residents commute to Tyler for work. Whitehouse is located on the west shore of Lake Tyler West and a few miles west of Lake Tyler East at the intersections SH 110, FM 848 (Bascom Road) and FM 346 (Main Street), 24 miles southeast of Lindale and Tyler State Park, 21 miles southeast of chandler and Lake Palestine, 10 miles southeast of Tyler, 40 miles south of Hawkins and Lake Hawkins, 42 miles southwest of Longview, 31 miles southwest of Kilgore, 35 miles southwest of Gladewater, 45 miles southwest of Martin Creek Lake State Park, 24 miles southwest of New London, 36 miles northwest of Rusk, 29 miles northwest of Joinerville, 26 miles northeast of Jacksonville, 26 miles northeast of Frankston, 11 miles northeast of Bullard, 7.7 miles northeast of Flint, and 46 miles northeast of Athens, Texas.
Whitehouse Community Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. (903) 839-2949. 107 Bascom Road.
KE Bushman's Winery & Celebration Center:
They host live music concerts at the grass amphitheater. Studio 33 is a state of the art digital recording studio. The conference center seats up to 1,000 and features a world class stage, dressing rooms, and a full lighting and sound system. The amphitheater and recording studio are located at 1565 FM 2493 East. (903) 894-7505. Email
Kiepersol Estates Winery:
They produce wines from their 68 acres of vineyards. The tasting room is open Mon-Sat, 11am-5pm. For fee tours are available on Saturdays at 2pm and 4pm. (903) 894-8995. The winery is located at 4120 FM 344 East, Tyler, 75703. Email Winery
Noonday Texas Sweet Onions:
The onions are available summers at roadside stands in the Noonday, Texas area. Noonday is located 3.5 miles south of Tyler, Texas.
Noonday Texas Onion Shed:
The Shed sells Noonday Sweet Onions during the summer months, and sells homegrown vegetables, such as peas, beans, potatoes, tomatoes, squash, peppers, cucumbers, watermelons, cantaloupes and other seasonal vegetables, year round. Open Mon-Sat, 10am-5:30pm. (903) 939-0098. The Shed is located 3.5 miles south of Tyler, Texas.
Moore Farms & Pumpkin Patch, Bullard:
They grow and sell vegetables including three varieties of sweet corn. During the fall they sell pumpkins from their pumpkin patch, and host a popular 5 acre corn maze with approximately 3 miles of winding trails. School tours are available. (903) 894-1030. The farm is located at 22142 CR 181, Bullard, Texas 75757. Bullard is located a few minutes east of Lake Palestine at the intersections of U.S. 69 and FM 2493 (Houston Street) and FM 344 (E. Henderson & W. Main), 15 miles south of Tyler, 8 miles southwest of Whitehouse, and 13 miles northwest of Jacksonville, Texas. Email
First Thursday Cruise Night Show NShine:
Activities include a great car show, music, giveaways and drawings. This event is held at the Brookshire Parking lot on the 1st
Thursday of each month. (903) 839-8200. Email
Four Winds Renaissance Faire, March-April:
The festival takes place in a 17th
century village for eight weekends in March and April of each year. Activities include twice daily jousting by costumed, internationally ranked knights (Noon and 5pm), belly dancers, fire swallowers, live entertainment on 7 stages, traveling troubadours, jugglers, food vendors, and merchandise vendors. Children’s activities include a pirates maze, the Crow’s Nest Ride, a Joust A’But Ride, an Archery Range and a petting zoo. RV campsites, tent campsites, restrooms and shower houses are available on site. Open Sat-Sun, 10am-7pm; school shows are offered during weekdays. (903) 839-5271. Camping Reservations are available by calling (903) 839-5271. The village is located at 710 SH 110 South, Whitehouse, off SH 110 South between Whitehouse and Troup. Email
Annual YesterYear Celebration, Last Weekend in June:
This event celebrates the area’s history and culture with pioneer skills demonstrations, western shootouts, a parade, arts and crafts, food vendors, a noon barbeque, live music, a street dance, and children’s activities. This event is held at Whitehouse City Park at 309 East Main Street. (903) 839-8200. Email
Annual Haunts of Four Winds Halloween Festival, Three Weekends in Oct:
Activities include a haunted house, and a Black Forest trail and hayride. (903) 839-5271. Camping Reservations are available by calling (903) 839-5271. The village is located at 710 SH 110 South, Whitehouse, off SH 110 South between Whitehouse and Troup. Email
Annual WinterFest and Christmas Parade, 1st Saturday in Dec:
Winter Fest begins at 3:30pm at Whitehouse City Park at 309 East Main Street. Activities include live music, a kid’s ornament making booth, merchandise vendors and food vendors. The parade begins at 6pm and winds its way to City Park. Photos with Santa begin at 7pm. The Christmas tree is lighted at 7:45pm. (903) 839-8200. Email
Mamaw's Fried Pies:
Serves fried pies made from old family recipes. They serve fried catfish and shrimp dinners from 5-8pm. on Fridays. Open Tue-Thu, 8am-4pm; Fri, 8am-8pm; Sat, 9am-3pm; closed Sun-Mon. (903) 871-8100. Mamaw’s is located at 1010 SH 110 North.
Pit Stop Pizza, Bullard, TX:
(903) 894-8112. 50579 U.S. 69 North. Reviews
Legends Old Time Burger Café:
They serve good hamburgers and homemade fries. Open Mon-Thu, 11am-8pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-9pm. (903) 894-1025. 117 N. Phillips, Bullard. Reviews