East Texas City
Visit The Fiddlers Festival
Named After Davey Crockett
Established in 1837 as the seat of one of the oldest counties in the Republic of Texas, the town was named for the famous Tennessean scout, Davy Crockett, who is said to have camped there on his way to the Alamo. During the Civil War, Crockett was a mustering point and training center for Confederate forces. Today, visitors can enjoy the town’s many historic homes and take part in events such as the Fiddlers’ Festival in June.
The Crockett area is steeped in African American heritage. On a hill north of the town square, the ruins of Mary Allen Junior College, a former African American girls’ school, still stand as a testament of the struggle for education and equality. The Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins statue on South Third Street memorializes the bluesman, who was born on a farm west of Crockett and played music along the avenue in the 1930s–40s when it was known as “Camp Street.” Nearby Germany is an agricultural community named after a German family who settled in the area. It is representative of the many rural freedmen’s communities scattered throughout East Texas. Events include the World Championship Fiddlers’ Festival and Regional Steak Cook-Off in June and Christmas in Crockett in November.