Wills Point Travel Guide

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Wills Point Things to Do

  • The Wills Cabin

    William Wills who the town was named after, was the first pioneer to build in the area in 1848. The family originally had their homestead on Highway 64 and Van Zandt County Road 3415 which is known as the Dallas Shreveport Road. It was moved in 1937 then moved again in 1954 before it came to its last site at Bruce Park. The homestead is only open...

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  • Buried at White Rose Cemetery

    William Wills died at the age of 60 in 1864 and was buried at a family plot. His wife before her death in 1892, donated 8 acres of the land around the plot to be used as a community cemetery for the town which became White Rose Cemetery. The land was later expanded again and is now state regulated.

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  • A Rest Stop for Travellers

    William and Mary Ann Wills were very well known for their hospitality. Many who travelled the Dallas-Shreveport Road would rest their oxen and cattle at their homestead.

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  • The Blacksmith Shop

    The Wills family also had a blacksmith’s shop. Mr Wills used to make saddles and bridles and also built corrals for herds that were being driven to market. As a commissioner and tax assessor-collector, he would travel all over the country by horseback.

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  • Made of Hewn Logs

    The old dog-trott cabin which is built of logs hewn on both sides, has been well preserved by the residents of Wills Point. In 1996 archaeologists began digging into the earth where it was believed that the Wills’ cabin first stood. They came across pottery, handles and an axe handle as well as little wheels from furniture.

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  • The Old Smokehouse

    There was a real attempt to arrange the homestead in a layout that it would have been originally set. There is an old smokehouse which sits up behind the cabin to the left. This was where a fire was built in a stone box next to the building where freshly butchered meats were hung for the families consumption.

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  • Bruce Park

    Bruce Park is just a tiny little 3 acre city park across from the railroad tracks. The park is set up in the example of the Wills home as it was laid out. There is the family home, a blacksmith shop, a smoke house, corral and of course an outhouse. What was not part of the family homestead is a 30 x 40 ft pavilion is which used for private...

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  • The First Christian Church

    The church was originally founded by Reverend John T. Poe in 1882 although the building was not built until 1886. In 1920 when it was remodeled the belfry was removed. There is a historical marker outside the church which was dedicated in 1987.

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  • The Old Rose Dry Goods Store

    In the early days of Wills Point, the streets were dirt and carved by wagon wheel ruts. Horse and buggies parked in front of the old Rose Dry Goods store. The store was right down from the railroad tracks. The old building is an Antiques and collectibles store today.

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  • W.H. Wingo Building

    This cute little brick building was built in 1917 by W.H. Wingo. It is one of the oldest landmarks in Wills point. It is now the office of Century 21.

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  • Historical Museum

    The Historical Society has leased the east end of the depot and began renovations for setting up a historical museum for Wills Point. Most of the contents have been donated by local residents.

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  • Railroad Depot

    The old Wills Point Railroad Depot sits right on Hwy 80 on the north side of the tracks. Apparently there is a basement with narrow passages which were decorated and used as a haunted house during Halloween. The railroad came to Wills Point at around 1872.

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  • Bruce & Human Drug Company

    The name of this drug store caught my eye and my sense of humour. The store has been on this corner since 1879 and is one of Van Zandt County's oldest businesses. Originally established by B.W. Bruce and even today, the business is still owned and operated by the family. I am not sure where the 'Human' side of the name came from. The store has...

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  • The Rose Monument

    You cannot miss the stark white Rose Monument, it sits right in the middle of Fourth and Commerce Street in the downtown area. The monument was donated to the city by I.E. Rose. In this part of historic downtown, the streets are still in the original old red brick.

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  • Majestic Theatre

    This is supposed to be the oldest theatre in continuous operation in the Texas, maybe even the USA. The Lybrand family own and operate the theatre and have done for a few generations after the existing owner's grandfather got started in the movie business in 1907 and built the theatre. The theatre has run in continuous service since 1926. Any...

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Wills Point Restaurants

  • Cowboys BBQ

    You will not find even the smallest town in Texas without some bbq dining and Wills Point is no exception. A very original name however:-). The eatery is open Monday to Saturday, 11.00am to 8.00pm.

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  • Bluebird Cafe

    One of the choices of dining in Wills Point. The cafe is right opposite the old railroad depot. They start serving breakfast from 6.30am.

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Wills Point Transportation

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    by keeweechic Written May 4, 2004

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    Wills Point is on Hwy 80 travelling east from Dallas. Take I-20, exit at Hwy 80, go east through Terrell until you reach Wills Point. The distance is roughly around 50 miles.

    If travelling from Tyler, take I-20 and exit at Hwy 64 and go north.

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Wills Point Local Customs

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    The Bluebird festival is held in April. Driving tours provide access to hundreds of nesting boxes lining the There are driving tours which will take you around roads where there are hundreds of nesting boxes. Wills Point has more Bluebirds than anywhere else in Texas.

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Wills Point Off The Beaten Path

  • Lake Tawokani

    Lake Tawakoni is located in Van Zandt, Rains, and Hunt counties on the Sabine River. The lake is impounded by Iron Bridge Dam which is an earthfill dam with a concrete spillway. The lake has a surface area of 36,700 acres. Not one of Texas best fishing lakes however you can catch Bass, Largemouth & Smallmouth there. About 10 miles north from Wills...

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  • Terrell

    Terrell lies in the north east section of Texas, about 30 miles east of Dallas and 20 miles west of Wills Point. Terrell is a banking and marketing centre for this agricultural area which features cotton, beef cattle and dairying as well as 33 local industries - garments, steel, aluminium, plastic and wood fabrication. Attractions include the...

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