Street Address
1905 Atkinson Dr
Lufkin, TX 75901
Mailing Address
1905 Atkinson Drive
Lufkin, TX 75901
phone: 936-632-9535
fax: 936-632-9543
e-mail: info@treetexas.com
web: www.treetexas.com
Hours
Monday - Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
Closed on major holidays
Gift Shop Hours:
Monday - Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
Admissions
Donations gratefully accepted
Services
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Staff
Mary Alice Cook, Director
phone: 936-633-6249
Laurie Vaughn, Museum Coordinator
David Young, Education Coordinator

Description

Educational materials in the Company Store extend the visitors experience of the museum. Books, games, Smokey Bear items, nature toys, and things made from wood highlight the products sold.

The Texas Forestry Museum's Online Gift Shop uses PayPal as its checkout payment service. Customers are not required to have a PayPal account. PayPal enables you to make purchases using any major credit or debit card. You can also place an order by calling 936-632-9535 during normal business hours.

Texas trees are not always viewed as icons of the industrial growth of the state. When people think of the Lone Star State, visions of cattle, cowboys and oil wells usually come to mind. However, in the decade between 1890 and 1900, the timber business of Texas brought more money to the economy of the state than any other industry. The 14 million acres of the East Texas Pineywoods are still an important contributor to the strength of the state. Sawmills, logging railroads, and modern forest management have all influenced East Texas culture. The century-and-a-half story of the forest industries of Texas, the people who shaped them, the legacies they left, and the changes in forest management are the focus of the exhibits and programming at the Texas Forestry Museum.

History

Texas’ only museum devoted to preserving the legacy of the people, places and products of the forest began as a dream in the early 1950s. Industry leaders set aside important equipment and tools representative of the wood products industries for a future museum. The dream became reality in 1976 when the original museum building was completed. Exhibit space was soon outgrown, and the museum was doubled in 1986. Growth has continued to the present, with the addition of an Education and Research Center in 1993, expansion of the Urban Wildscape Trail on the grounds, and the 2001 completion of a major renovation and addition of exhibit space.

Artifacts Collections

Forestry equipment & tools - 4,000; Railroad equipment & tools - 500; Archives - 12,500 Photographs - 3,500; Books - 1,000 ; Natural history - 250; Misc - 250

Research Collections

East Texas Sawmill Data Base; East Texas Tram & RR Data Base; Shreveport, Houston & Gulf RR papers; corporate papers trade association papers

Educational Programs

Special Events: TREEmendous Celebration; Texas State Forest Festival. Education / Outreach: School tours; age-specific tours / activities; group tours; adult lectures / seminars; summer day camps; educational trunks; annual events (Reading Railroad; Santa Claus Express; Grand Day); Nature Packs for family use on Urban Wildscape Trail.

Library

Access: General Public, Students, Scholars

Appointment required: Yes

Publications

  • Crosscut - quarterly newsletter

ADA

Wheelchair Accessible

Services

Gift Shop

Online Gift Shop

Special Event Rental

Group Tours