East Texas City
Play Dominoes Under A Cedar Tree
Visit The Sabine County Museum
Located on Toledo Bend Reservoir in the Sabine National Forest, Hemphill is considered by many to be one of the best bass fishing spots in East Texas. On the town square, men gather almost daily under the cedar tree to play dominoes. The tree and tradition go back to the early 1900s. County memorabilia and genealogy records share space with jail cells and trap-door gallows at the Sabine County Museum and Virgie Speights Memorial Library. The setting for this multi-use facility is the 1903 Romanesque Revivial jail, remodeled in 1925. The Great East Texas Outdoor Fest is held in March. Other events include the Milam Settlers Day in November and The Lions Club Christmas Parade and Lighting of the Courthouse Square in December.
Scenic Drives: Shortleaf pin forests are found south of Hemphill at the community of Yellow Pine fvia Texas 87, also on F.M. 2343 (not shown on most maps). One of the finest stands of longleaf pine is at the scenic roadside park on Texas 184 about five miles west.