Plan Your Visit

 Plan Your Visit
The His­to­ry Cen­ter invites you to vis­it us in per­son, whether you come alone or with a group. We offer an invit­ing atmos­phere to per­form research, enjoy our exhibits, and learn more about the his­to­ry of East Texas.

Our staff is hap­py to pro­vide free guid­ed tours for your group. Please call to sched­ule your tour at least two weeks in advance. Tours are tai­lored to each group’s inter­est and age group and usu­al­ly last between 50 and 60 min­utes. High­lights include inter­pre­tive pre­sen­ta­tions of indoor and out­door exhibits as well as intro­duc­tions to the research col­lec­tions and the the­o­ry and prac­tice of archival con­ser­va­tion. Indoor exhibits show­case Diboll’s unique his­to­ry and encour­age vis­i­tors to reflect on East Texas his­to­ry and the chal­lenges required for its preser­va­tion. Out­door exhibits include a sta­t­i­cal­ly restored 1920 steam loco­mo­tive and 1948 caboose. Vis­i­tors are encour­aged to climb aboard these exhibits, ring the fireman’s bell, blow the engineer’s whis­tle, and expe­ri­ence days of rail­road­ing past.

85 Mon­days through Fridays
Sat­ur­days by appoint­ment with two weeks notice
Vis­it our Staff Page for con­tact information
Closed most major holidays

Admis­sion is free

Maps & Directions

We are con­ve­nient­ly locat­ed on the east side of US High­way 59 in the heart of Diboll, Texas, approx­i­mate­ly 100 miles north of Hous­ton in the beau­ti­ful East Texas Pineywoods.

Gift Items

The His­to­ry Cen­ter has a num­ber of pop­u­lar and fun items that make great gifts or sou­venirs including:

  • Pinewood train whistle
  • Wood­en yo-yo
  • Wood­en pen set
  • Post cards
  • Steam in the Pines: A His­to­ry of the Texas State Railroad
  • Caps & visors
  • Pic­ture frames

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