Silsbee Bee
Things to See and Do In Hardin County

A Special Publication of The Silsbee Bee

Below is a list of articles that provide detailed information about Hardin County's many attractions and activities. We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the Silsbee Bee for contributing these wonderful articles to the Big Thicket Directory.


Ice House Museum is popular place for art exhibits. One of the most popular venues for displaying work by local artists has been at the Ice House Museum. Originally an ice house that produced ice for local homes and businesses, the Ice House Museum has become the home of local art work and the Hardin County Genealogical Society this story

Kirby Hill House offers a look at grand old days. The Kirby-Hill House, named after the two principal occupants, James Lafayette Kirby and Austin Mae Hill Sr. was built in 1902 this story

Pelt Farm Museum So, what's new at Pelt Farm Museum? Among the newest attractions are the Longhorn cattle that usually can be seen from a window in the Lone Star Room of the Bed and Breakfast that opened last summer. One steer, "Big Jake" this story

Ghost Road presents a mysterious trip for Hardin County residents and tourists. A unique part of Hardin County is also one of its most mysterious, fascinating and out-of-the way places: The Ghost Road. The Ghost Road is situated in the heart of the Big Thicket this story

Silsbee Little Theater is the place to view outstanding plays. Ask any one in Silsbee or in Southeast Texas for that matter, "what the hottest ticket in town is," you will hear repeatedly "an evening with friends at the Silsbee Little Theater's annual spring dinner theater production." this story

Golf Hardin County has several Country Clubs for golfers. There are three beautiful courses located in Hardin County ... read this story


Big Thicket Preserve offers biological diversity. The Big Thicket National Preserve was established by Congress in 1974. It is managed by the National Park Service. The Preserve was established to protect the remnant of its complex biological diversity... read this story

Bird Watchers flock to Big Thicket National Preserve. Bird watching is big business. Watching birds is also lots of fun. We are right in the middle of things in the Big Thicket of East Texas. No other state or country in the world can make that claim... read this story

Hardin County is an ideal place to live for those who like to fish. Silsbee's ideal location makes it a haven for nature lovers...naturally! The Big Thicket National Preserve hosts species of flora and fauna found nowhere else on the planet ... read this story

Sandylands Sanctuary is an effort to save ecological system. The Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sancturary was established in order to preserve one of the most unique and ecologically diverse natural areas this story

Neches River is a great place for fishing and boating. A part of the Neches River flows through the southeast part of Hardin County not far from Silsbee.It has become a great source for canoeing, boating and fishing ... read this story

Village Creek State Park is a great place to enjoy life. One of the biggest attraction in Hardin County has become the Village Creek State Park. Tourists, visitors and locals alike have come to appreciate the beauty and the uniqueness of this newest addition to the State Park system ... read this story


Hardin County has a long and colorful history. From Union Symphathizers, to bear hunters and oil tycoons, the history of the areas has always centered around the natural beauty of the land and the personalities that live here... read this story

Hardin County has its share of historical markers. Ever wonder just what exactly is on the hundreds of historical markers which dot every town and community in the state of Texas? Well, Hardin County has it fair share of historical markers which highlight local and state history ... read this story

Kountze. Not the biggest town in Hardin County, Kountze, the county seat, is big in history. at the junction of Farm Roads 418 and 1293, state Highway 326 and U.S. Highway 69, Kountze is in a central location of Hardin County ... read this story

Hustonian founds Silsbee because of natural resources. Story has it in the year 1893 a young Houstonian named John Henry Kirby came to East Texas with a vision and dream of capitalizing on the areas greatest resource... read this story


Kountze offers a peaceful life minutes away from the city. A few minutes drive from the urban conveniences of the Gulf Coast's Golden Triangle, Kountze is a world away from busy life for the growing number of people who call this peaceful area home ... read this story

Silsbee businessmen form Silsbee Chamber of Commerce in 1946. On the sixth day of May, 1946, a group of Silsbee businessmen, formed and incorporated the Silsbee Chamber of Commerce ... read this story

Temple-Inland is the major employer in the area but their are many other big employers. Temple-Inland Inc., based in Diboil, is a holding company with operations in corrugated packaging, bleached paperboard, building products and financial services ... read this story

Facts about Silsbee

Helpful Phone Numbers for the area

Service Clubs and Organizations in the area

Things to See and Do In Hardin County



Ice House Museum

Kirby Hill House

Pelt Farm Museum

Ghost Road

Silsbee Little Theater



Big Thicket Preserve



Sandylands Sanctuary

Neches River

Village Creek State Park


Hardin County History

Hardin County Historical Markers

Kountze History

Silsbee History



Silsbee Chamber of Commerce

Temple-Inland and Other Major Employers

Facts About Silsbee

Helpful Phone Numbers

Service Clubs and Organizations


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