Praries & Lakes
2010 Census - 6,469
2000 Census - 5,624
White Oak, Texas
White Oak Texas History:
This quiet community grew up around a school established in 1887. It grew rapidly during the oil boom of the 1930s. White Oak incorporated in 1960. The town has a large number of businesses. Many residents commute to Longview for work. White Oak is located at the intersection of U.S. 80 and SH 42, 10.7 miles north of Kilgore, 5.4 miles southeast of Gladewater, and 7.8 miles northwest of Longview, Texas. 
White Oak School Community Library:
The library is located on the White Oak School Campus. Open during the school year, Mon, Tue, Thu, 2pm-7:30pm; Sat, 10am-2pm. Summer Hours: Open Mon & Thu, 2pm-7:30pm; Wed, 9am-2pm; Sat, 10am-2pm. The library hosts a summer reading program. (903) 291-2052. 200 South White Oak Road.
Starr Family Home State Historic Site Information, Marshall Texas:
The Starr family’s Texas history spans over 170 years. Four generations of Starrs lived in Maplecroft, an 1880 Victorian Italianate style house. Over time the house was renovated, modified, and enlarged to suit the occupant. Speaking tubes were installed, connecting the kitchen to the other rooms, and a cistern was built. A lightening rod was added, gas lighting was installed, and a windmill and water tower were built to provide running water by gravity fed water pressure. In the early 1890's, the Starr-Blake Home was built on the back of the property for Ruth Starr Blake when she married. Homes owned by the other Starr daughters still exist in the neighborhood. Various outbuildings were added including a schoolhouse for Starr's daughters. The facilities available for touring include the schoolhouse (converted to a laundry in the 1930s), the Starr-Blake home, the Maplecroft house, and the 1830s Rosemont wing. The homes are furnished with Starr family furnishings and artifacts. The Maplecroft library displays Dr. Starr’s collection of Republic of Texas currency. Additional site amenities include a Texas history bookstore and gift shop, art exhibits, and traveling exhibits. Maplecroft is ADA compliant, with the exception of the 2nd floor.The grounds and the Blake house are available year round for weddings, receptions, parties, group meetings and other events. From November to January, the homes are decorated to reflect a Victorian Christmas. Millions of lights decorate the site for the Winterland of Lights Festival, and candlelight tours and dinners are given. Almost 500,000 people visit the Star Historic Site during the holiday season.Guided tours of Maplecroft take approximately 1 hour; fees apply. Group tours are available by appointment. This SHS hosts special events. Open Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun, 12pm-4pm. (903) 935-3044. 407 West Travis Street, Marshall, Texas 75670. For more information read the park brochure and the April 2007 Park of the Month article, and go to the Starr Family Home SHS Home Page.
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