Willis Texas History:
In 1870, Galveston Merchants Peter J. and Richard S. Willis donated a townsite on the proposed route of the Great Northern Railroad’s line through Montgomery County. The railroad arrived by 1872. Most of the businesses and residents of Danville, Montgomery, and Old Waverly moved to the new town to be closer to the railroad. The Willis post office was established that same year. By the late 1870s, Willis had become an important shipping point for timber and agricultural commodities. It was also a manufacturing center for lumber products, wagons, and agricultural implements. In 1884, the town had several steam-powered saw and grist mills, two cotton gins, a brickyard, a saloon and gambling house, a grange hall, several grocery and dry-goods stores, and 600 residents.During the late nineteenth century the Willis area became the leading tobacco growing region in the state. The tobacco industry withered away after the tariffs on Cuban tobacco were listed. The Great Depression and the resulting decline of timber production caused Willis’s population to decline from 900 in 1929 to approximately 750 by 1931. The discovery of oil southeast of Conroe in 1931 and the completion of U.S.55 through the town caused a rebound in the town’s economy and population. The construction of Lake Conroe near Willis and the 1973 lake impoundment gave the town’s economy another boost. Today the town’s economy is still based on agriculture, lake activities, and lumber. Willis is located at the intersections of U.S. 45, SH 75 and FM 109, just east of Lake Conroe, 42 miles slightly northeast of Navasota, 27 miles northeast of Plantersville, 15.6 miles east of Montgomery, 22.6 miles south of Huntsville, approximately 23 miles southwest of Lake Livingston (the lake), 37 miles southwest of Shepherd, 30 miles northwest of Cleveland, 56 miles northwest of Sheldon and Sheldon Lake State Park, 38.6 miles northwest of Humble, 36 miles northwest of Kingwood and Lake Houston, 32 miles northwest of Splendora, 29.5 miles northwest of New Caney, 48 miles north of Houston, 18.4 miles north of Shenandoah, 8.4 miles north of Conroe, 49 miles southeast of Washington-on-the-Brazos, 47 miles northeast of Hempstead, 32.5 miles northeast of Magnolia, and 31 miles northeast of Tomball, Texas.
Harbour Town Lighthouse, 1977, Willis:
This private lighthouse was damaged by a tornado in 1999 and was rebuilt with the help of the Lake Conroe Lighthouse Association. The lighthouse is located on a central point on the lake and is used for aiding boat navigation. It is located at the Harbour Town residential development at 2025 Lakewood Court, Wallis. (936) 856-4378. The Landing at Seven Coves Marina is located nearby.Photos
Lone Star College-Montgomery, Conroe:
(936) 273-7000. 3200 College Park Drive, Conroe, TX 77384.
R. F. Meador Branch Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, genealogy materials, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. The library has a Genealogy & Local History Room. It also offers free Hoopla Digital, a Netflix type service permitting members to download movies, e-books, music and other entertainment to their personal devices. Up to five may be downloaded each month either in the library or online. The Montgomery County Memorial Library System has a Little Free Library that provides access to free materials through book exchanges. This little library may be checked out by selected individuals and organizations – it travels several times per year to be temporarily installed at various publicly accessible locations within the county. (936) 442-7740, Ext. 2, 709 Montgomery Street.
The Friendship Senior Center:
The senior center offers meals, transportation, senior programs, case management, and activities. Lunch is served at 11:30am. (936) 856-3200. 600 Gerald Street, 77378.
Event Venue - Willis Agricultural Barn & Arena:
Amenities at this Montgomery County facility include the barn and arena, concession stands and restrooms. The barn and arena are located at the north end of Charles Traylor Park. To reserve these facilities, call the Willis Agricultural Booster Club at (936) 760-5095. For more information, call the county judge’s office at (936) 788-8325. (936) 203-6737. 13551 Roger Road.
Event Venue - Willis Community Center:
Amenities at this reservable center include a large room, tables and chairs, and a kitchen. The center is available for private and public events. (936) 539-7815. 109 West Mink Street.
Event Venue - Browder Community Center:
Amenities at this reservable center include a large room, tables and chairs, and a kitchen. (936) 539-7815. 14865 Country Line Road.
Event Venue - North Montgomery County Community Center:
The Meador Room has a maximum capacity of 350 people. The Community Room has a maximum capacity of 48. The Commissioners Conference Room has a conference table and ten executive chairs. Other amenities include a kitchen and tables and chairs. The center is available for private and public events. (936) 228-0273.This center is located at 600 Gerald Street at Lincoln Ridge.
Annual Willis Independence Day Celebration, Late June or July:
This free event is held on a Saturday prior to, on, or after July 4th
. Activities include children’s activities, live music, and free food including hotdogs, snow cones, popcorn and cotton candy beginning at 4pm, a patriotic program at 6pm, a 9pm laser show and a fireworks show at 9:20pm. This event is held at the Willis ISD Berton A. Yates Stadium
. The stadium is located at the corner of Longstreet Road and Bybee Street. (936) 856-4611.
Annual Christmas Parade and Festival, Dec:
A Christmas Concert is held on Friday, 6pm-8pm. Saturday event s include a morning parade, and the 12pm-3pm Festival in the Park featuring a giant snow hill, food vendors, merchandise vendors, and photos with Santa. (936) 856-4611.
Conroe Saturday AM Market, Conroe, TX:
Vendors sell fresh fruits and vegetables, and arts and crafts. It also hosts live music. The market is open every Saturday, from 9am-1pm, rain or shine. (936) 718-2554. 135 North Main Street at Metcalf Street.
Lone Star 1st Saturday Farmer's Market, Montgomery, TX:
The market sells produce, homemade foods and handmade crafts and other items. It is held the first Saturday of each month, 9am-2pm. The market is held at the old Montgomery Community Center in downtown Montgomery at 14420 Liberty Street.(936) 597-5004. Email
Moorhead’s Blueberry Farm, Conroe:
They raise and sell 20 varieties of pesticide free blueberries. They are open daily during the season from late May through mid-July, 7am-9pm daily. (888) 702-0622. (281) 572-1265. 19531 Moorhead Road. The farm is located southeast of Conroe off FM 1314 in Grangerland, Texas. Grangerland Texas Map Grangerland Texas Area Map
U.S. Trees, Wills, TX:
They specialize in container grown trees for retail and wholesale including Bottle Brush, Bald Cypress, Bur Oak, Cherry Laurel, Chinquapin Oak, Cedar Elm, Crape Myrtle, Drake Elm, East Palatka Holly, Eve's Necklace, Pineapple Guava, Lacebark Elm, Leyland Cypress, Live Oak, Blanchard, Magnolia, Little Gem Magnolia, Mexican Plum, Monterey Oak, Oleander, Chinese Pistasche, Mediterranean Fan Palm, Queen Palm, Sego Palm, Windmill Palm, Eastern Redbud, Drummond Red Maple, Red Maple, Shummard Red Oak, Red Oak, Savannah Holly, Sweet Olive, Vitex, Water Oak, Wax Myrtle, Bluepoint Juniper, Celest Fig, Sam Houston Peach, Cleveland Pear, Chactow Pecan, Desirable Pecan, Loblolly Pine, Methley Plum, Forest Pansy Redbud, and River Birch. Tours are offered by appointment. (936) 856-4273. 12146 Cude Cemetery Road, Willis, Texas 77318. Email
Oakview Orchard, Evergreen, TX:
They grow and sell blueberries. You pick your own. Open seasonally Wed & Thu, 7am-1pm; Fri-Sun, 7am-5pm. (936) 767-4011. From Evergreen, go southwest on FM 945 south toward Cleveland. Drive 0.8 miles and turn right on Oakview Lane and drive to the orchard. From just north of Cleveland, go left on FM 2025 west and drive 6 miles, and then turn left on FM 945. Drive approximately 12 miles and turn left on Oakview Lane and drive to the orchard. Evergreen Area Map Cleveland Texas Area Map
Original Super Burger #4, Willis, TX:
Open Mon-Thu, 10am-3pm; Fri-Sat, 10am-8pm; Sundays gone fishing. (936) 856-8098. 201 North Danville Street. Reviews
The Pizza Shack:
(936) 856-9780. 115 West Montgomery Street. Reviews
(936) 890-6969. 200 East Powell Street. Reviews