Gulf Coast
2010 Census - 3,254
2000 Census - 2,914
Winnie, Texas
Winnie Texas History:
The town was platted in1895 by the Gulf and Interstate Railway after they completed their line to the area. It was named for Fox Winnie, a railroad contractor. A post office was established the same year. Agriculture was possible in the area after Hankamer-Stowell Canal Company’s construction of ditches in the late 1800s. The 1915 hurricane and a post-World War I drop in rice prices depressed local agriculture. The 1941 discovery of the Stowell oilfield helped the town to grow when prominent oilman Glenn H. McCarthy established a large gas plant east of town. Winnie is the largest town in Chambers County. Agriculture is still a major factor in the Winnie economy. The old Winnie train depot was given to the East Chambers Agricultural and Historical Society. Winnie and Stowell cohost the annual Texas Rice Festival. Winnie is located 15 minutes from the Intracoastal Canal at the intersections of IH-10, SH 73 and SH 124 (Gulfway Drive), 25 miles southwest of Beaumont, 40.7 miles northeast of Baytown, 18.7 miles north of High Island, 22 miles northeast of Anahuac, 30.6 miles southeast of Moss Bluff, and 61 miles east of Houston, Texas.
Santa Fe Depot Museum, 1905:
This restored and relocated depot now houses the Winnie Santa Fe Depot Museum which features exhibits depicting local and area history. The museum is located adjacent to the Agricultural Museum and across the street from Winnie-Stowell Park (335 Park Street). (409) 296-2231.
Agricultural Historical Museum:
The museum displays authentic antique tractors, farming equipment, old photos, historical artifacts, and the first airplane to aerially seed a rice crop in Texas. Tours are available. (409) 296-2231. The museum is located adjacent to the Winnie Santa Fe Depot Museum, across the street from Winnie-Stowell Park (335 Park Street).
Juanita Hargraves Memorial Branch 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, Wed & Fri, 8am-5pm; Tue & Thu, 10am-7pm; Sat, 9am-1pm; closed Sunday. (409) 296-8245. The library is located at 924 SH 124.  Email
Nutty Jerry's Arena, Winnie, TX:
This event venue hosts bull rides, sports, and nationally known music artists and other entertainers. Spring 2012 entertainers included Loretta Lynn, Larry the Cable Guy, Ted Nugent, Joe Walsh, Merle Haggard and Tanya Tucker. (877) 643-7508. 18291 Englin Road, Winnie, 77665.    
Larry’s Old Time Trade Days:
Over 400 local, regional, and national vendors display antiques, collectibles, and arts and crafts. RV sites and restrooms are available. The market is open the first Fri-Sun after the first Monday of each Month. (409) 296-3300. The market is located at 14902 Hwy 1663, just north of IH-10 at exit #829. Facility Map
Rodeos are held in the Winnie-Stowell Park Arena throughout the year at the Winnie-Stowell Park Arena, and at Double J Rodeo. (409) 296-2231.
Double JJ Rodeo Palace, 43 Acres:
Rodeo Palace owns over 300 bulls and over 400 females which they breed and use for rodeo events. The 3,500 seat indoor arena hosts many professional bull riding events throughout the year; many are sanctioned by the PRCA and the Professional Bull Riding Association. (409) 243-2410. 16481 Hampshire Road.
Annual Rice Capitol Classic Golf Tournament, 4 Man Scramble, May:
Activities include raffle prizes, lunch, a 19th Hole putting contest, and a Hole-in-One contest. (409) 296-2231. This event is held at Chambers County Golf Course at #1 Pinchback Drive, 0.5 miles off IH-10 East, Exit 812.
Annual 4th of July Fireworks, July:
Features live music beginning at 6pm on the main stage, and fireworks; free ice cream. (409) 296-2231. The event is held at Winnie-Stowell Park at 335 Park Street. From FM 1406 (Broadway) in Winnie, go south on Gateway Drive. Then go east on La Blanc Street to the park.
Annual Texas Rice Festival in Winnie Texas, Oct:
This annual harvest celebrates rice farming, the largest cash crop near Winnie. It begins on a Wednesday and continues through the first weekend in October. Activities include live entertainment, nightly street dances, a carnival, parades, a livestock show, an open horse show, the Rice 5K and Kid Fun Run, a BBQ cook-off, rice cooking contest, pageants, and Cajun and other food vendors. The festival is co-hosted by the towns of Winnie and Stowell. (409) 296-4404.The festival is held at Winnie-Stowell Park at 335 Park Street. From FM 1406 (Broadway) in Winnie, go south on Gateway Drive. Then go east on La Blanc Street to the park.
Annual Christmas in the Park, 1st Saturday in Dec:
Activities include horseshoe and washer tournaments at 11am, a Christmas pet costume contest, reindeer games in the children’s activity area, a visit from Santa (purchase photos or take your own), and a lighted Christmas parade. (409) 296-2231. This event is held at Winnie-Stowell Park at 335 Park Street. From FM 1406 (Broadway) in Winnie, go south on Gateway Drive. Then go east on La Blanc Street to the park.
Berryland Farms of Texas:
Pick your own peaches, blueberries, blackberries and seasonal vegetables. Open Wed-sat, 7:30am-dark; Sunday after 2pm to dark. Mike Hamilton. (713) 551-6360. The farm is located at 2877 FM 1941.
Pure Milk Farms, Winnie, TX:
They produce and sell pesticide, insecticide, herbicide, antibiotic and chemical free Grade A raw jersey cow milk, cream and plain yogurt. Open Mon-Fri, 9am-7pm; Sat, 3pm-7pm; closed Sunday. (713) 261-6409. 22456 Vincent Road, Winnie, 77665. Email  
Lercy’s Diner, Stowell, Texas:
(409) 296-3299. 2122 South Highway 124, Stowell, TX. Stowell is located on FM 124, 2 miles south of Winnie. Reviews