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Arc Ridge Ranch. Ben Wheeler. An outdoor retreat with 415 acres of nature and hiking trails, picnic grounds, wildflowers, animals and a 25-acre lake for fishing or paddle boating. For bicycling enthusiasts maps of the county's scenic back roads are available. Arc Ridge Ranch is a Texas Wildlife Sanctuary. Since there are alligators in the lake, swimming is not encouraged. There are three private guesthouses, screened shelters and tent areas. 1991 CR 4707, 1.800.899.4538. 

Ben Wheeler . The community of Ben Wheeler is preserving heritage and legacy for future generations in the old downtown area with historic buildings like the old post office, a blacksmith shop, a woodcarver, a feed store, and Texas style barbecue at Saddle Rock Catering Company & Grill located in a remodeled blacksmith shop. After a short visit to old downtown Ben Wheeler (it doesn't take long!) You might explore Ben Wheeler's Highway 64 with Roseland Plantation (see listing) and then drive back closer to town for some of the best country cookin' in the county or a malt shake at the old fashioned soda fountain. 

Billy the Kid Museum of Canton and Outlaw Museum. Canton. Featuring Billy the Kid, Jesse James, John Wilkes Booth and the Kennedy Assassination. Free. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun. of First Monday weekends. Viewing window always open. Top of The Mountain on Hwy 17.972.504.6608. 

Brewer's Bells Museum. Canton. Close to 3,000 bells collected by Virginia Belle Brewer for more than 60 years are on display representing most parts of the world. Sizes range from a 600-pound bronze bell cast in the mid-19th century in Cincinnati to one that is a quarter of an inch in diameter. Also included are Persian camel bells, Swiss cow bells, Norwegian sleigh bells, Russian saddle chimes, a San Francisco cable car bell, and a signal bell from an old Arizona mine, a bell belonging to Germany's Kaiser, a French bell in a mother-of-pearl cover said to have been used by early American women to summon slaves, many Oriental religious bells, cowbells, and a coconut bell made by blind children in Puerto Rico. A bronze hunting bell tells a story with its pictures surrounding the bell and the handle reveals the climax of the tale. Cast about 1790, the bell shows a hunter and hounds after a wild boar. The handle is formed by the treed hunter with the boar waiting at the bottom. A cloisonne bell from China was judged as pre-16th century workmanship at a bell convention. Main Street Gallery, Downtown Canton, 903.567.0787. 

Black Beauty Ranch. A few miles south of Ben Wheeler is a 1,430 acre animal sanctuary with more than 800 animal residents including burros, horses, feral pigs, fallow deer, Barbary sheep, emus, goats, monkeys, prairie dogs, white wolves, buffalo deer, elephants, ostrich, swans wolves, bobcats, antelope giraffes, and more. Open to visitors from 1 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays only. Closed during August. From highway 64 in Ben Wheeler take FM 773 towards Murchison approximately 8 miles. Turn left on FM 1803 for approximately 1 mile. Turn right on CR 3806 for approximately 1.2 miles. 903.469.3811. www.blackbeautyranch.org

Blackwell Museum. As the oldest home in Canton, the Blackwell museum houses mementos and photographs from the early years in Canton's history. The original furnishings have been restored and placed in the house that also serves as offices for the Canton Chamber of Commerce. 315 First Monday Lane, 567-2991. 

Blue Moon Gardens. Edom. A visit to Blue Moon Gardens takes you to another world. Nestled in the rolling hills and piney woods, Blue Moon Gardens is an oasis of beauty and tranquility. Surrounded by two acres of display gardens filled with fragrant herbs and blooming flowers, the Herb and Gift Shop is housed in an 85-year-old farmhouse. This setting creates an enchanting atmosphere to shop for a wide selection of herbs, cottage garden flowers and unusual gifts. Open daily all year. On FM 279, between Edom and Tyler. (903) 852-3897. 

Caruth C. Byrd Wildlife Foundation. Van. Formed to provide a sustained refuge for exotic animals gathered from around the world, many of which are listed as endangered species. The facility accommodates educational tours for local schools and organizations. FM 16, Call for appointment 963-3755. 

Depot Museum. Wills Point. Step back in time at the Depot Museum where a unique collection of city, county, and railroad history awaits. You'll see vintage clothing, agricultural artifacts and railroad memorabilia, all collected and maintained by the Historical Society. Hwy. 80. Mon. & Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Thurs. & Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For group tours call 873.8626. 

Edgewood Heritage Park Historical Village. The outdoor museum encompasses 14 authentically restored and furnished structures representing rural life in East Texas in 1900. It has been used as the setting for scenes in several television productions. Structures include log cabins, band stand, blacksmith shop, cottages, gift shop, barber shop and public bath, school, railroad depot, gas station, church and carriage house. Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special group tours available every day with advance reservations. Available for school tours and weddings. Adults $2.50, Students, $2, Children under six, FREE. North Houston and Elm., P.O. Box 765, Edgewood, TX 75117, (903) 896-1940 or 896-4326. 

Edom Historical Museum. Pictures of early 1900Õs Edom homes; memorabilia from C.W. Morris, who had a general merchandise and drug store from about 1912 to the late 1950Õs; civil war era letters; a WWII roster of many VZ county veterans. Open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. first & third Saturday and by appointment. FM 279, downtown Edom. 833.5597 or 852.5901 or 852.6878.

First Monday Trade Days. Canton. The oldest and largest flea market in the world. The ultimate shopping experience. See 300 acres of antiques, arts and crafts, and handmade articles. Entertainment throughout the days and nights includes music, demonstrating artists and western gunfights. Includes the Original grounds, Dixie House section, East Gate Marketplace, The Arbors, Old Mill Marketplace, The Village, Dog Alley and more! Over 4,000 vendors. Free admission. Open sun up 'til sundown. 903.567.2991 www.cantontx.com

Grand Saline Salt Palace. In the center of Grand Saline sits the only building in North America made of pure rock salt. Grand Saline is the home of one of the largest, purest salt domes in the nation with a supply estimated to last 20,000 years. The Salt Palace museum features photos and memorabilia of the salt industry dating back to 1845 and the rich history of Grand Saline and its citizens. The history of native son pioneer aviator Wiley Post is displayed with photographs and a small model of his famous plane "The Winnie Mae" in which he set two world records by circling the globe in 1931 and 1933. The Salt Palace offers complimentary salt crystals and a small gift shop sells both Morton Salt Company and Texas souvenirs. Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. FREE. 100 West Garland Avenue, Grand Saline, TX 75140-1812, 903-962-5631. 

Roseland Plantation. Ben Wheeler. Built in 1851 it was originally a 3300 acre cotton plantation. Recipient of the 1st Texas Restoration Award. Available to the public for special occasions. Tours available by reservation. $5 per person. Includes five plantation buildings and takes approximately one hour. Hwy. 64. email: historicroseland@aolcom 903.849.5553. 

Van Oil & Historical Museum. Step back in time on the bed of a 1917 white truck as you enter the boom times of the 1930Õs. The museum features a working miniature oil pump, an 1800 cotton mill, a blacksmith shop, a general store, tools and equipment, a 1930 working kitchen with gas refrigerator and kerosene stove and many more interesting exhibits of the times. Open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-4p.m. Special request tours available. VZCR 1501 off Hwy. 16/Main Street, Van. 963.5435. 

Veterans Memorial Wall. Wills Point. American Legion Post #303 salutes veterans with a commemorative granite wall displaying the names of those who served in World War II. Veterans of other wars are also honored with separate additions to the wall. Hwy. 80 east of downtown. 

Wills Cabin. Wills Point. Built in 1849, this is the original home of William Wills, namesake of Wills Point. The dog-trot cabin is restored to its original glory. EN Commerce Street. Open by appointment. 873.2367. Wills Point Caboose. Wills Point. Red Caboose restored and operated by the Wills Point Historical Society, the Caboose now serves as a hospitality center for visitors. Hwy. 80. Call 873.8626 for tours. 

Wills Point Tour. Once known as "The Queen City of the Prairie," visitors ride in a covered wagon down brick streets, seeing and hearing stories of historic Wills Point. Sites include the Texas and Pacific Railroad; the Majestic Theatre, the oldest independently owned theatre in continuous operation in Texas; the Rose Monument, Will's Cabin; historic homes, buildings and churches; cotton gins; bluebird trails (it is the Bluebird Capital of Texas), Veterans Memorial Park, burial sites of city founders and the "sweethearts gravesite;" the caboose, and colorful authentic stories of the people who settled this land. Call 803.873.3111 to schedule tours.

fun & games 

War Zone PaintBall Games. Fun for all with washable paint (min age 10). Playing and game fields including speedball, bunkers, maze and jungle. Great for birthday and company parties. $5 for 100 balls. By reservation only. 4883 FM 314, Ben Wheeler, (2.7 m. N of Hwy. 64), 852.RUSH. JerryÕs Pizza & Game Room. Canton. Video games, pin ball and pool table. Tues.-Thurs. 4-10 p.m., Fri.-Sun. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 2250 N Trade Days Blvd, 567-4821 Uncle FullerÕs Game Room. Ben Wheeler. Amusement games, pool tables, juke box. Mon..-Thurs. 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-2 a.m., Sun. 1 -11p.m. One mile north of FM 773 on Hwy. 64. 833-2400. RG General StoreÕs Community Center. Pool tables, video games, and a jukebox. Open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. The Game Room. Van. Video and Arcade games and pool tables. Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m. 9:30 p.m. Located in Movies Now & Then, 135 W. Main St., 963.7977, 963.4200.

golf Van Zandt Country Club. Canton. 18-hole golf course, swimming pool, tennis courts, pro shop, club house and dining. Located on the north access road to I-20 between Hwy. 19 and FM 859. 903.567.4884. Twin Lakes Golf Course. Canton. 18-hole, 7200 plus yard, championship golf course with Tif Eagle Bermuda grass greens. A set of tees for all level of players. Beautiful rolling tree-lined fairways. Two scenic lakes. Practice facility. Professional and friendly PGA staff. Daily food service. $39 weekdays, $49 weekends, $28 twilight weekday, $37 twilight weekend, cart and green fee included. Tournament and corporate rates available. Golf shop open Mon.-Sun. 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 567.1112.

historical markers

A rich historical account of Van Zandt County is detailed on numerous markers throughout the county including county beginnings and history, the ÒFree State of Van Zandt,Ó Cherokee Chief Bowles, The Battle of the Neches, The County Seat War, the discovery oil well in Van, Mortan Salt Company in Grand Saline, a dipping vat in Canton, Indian heritage, plantations, historical homes and churches and interesting cemeteries around the county. For a brochure with map and historical trails contact the Canton Chamber of Commerce, 315 First Monday Lane, 903.567.2991.

lakes & parks Purtis Creek State Park. Situated on the shores of a small lake, Purtis Creek State Park caters to fishing enthusiasts of all ages. Campsites with water and electricity and primitive sites available. Picnic areas with tables and playground. Swimming is permitted. Boat ramp and dock. Lighted fishing piers. A three-mile hike to primitive camping area. Off highway 198 near Eustace. 903.425.2332. For more information see the Texas Parks & Wildlife website http:/www.tpwd.state.tx.us. Lake Tawakoni. Located in the Northwest corner of Van Zandt County near Wills Point, Lake Tawakoni offers fishing, marinas, campsites with and without electricity hookups, golf, fuel. Home of Anchor In Marina. Lake Fork. Located 15 minutes from the Northeast corner of Van Zandt County, Lake Fork is a 27,690 acres lake with fishing, boat rentals, fuel, boat ramps. Excellent bass fishing lake. Cedar Creek Lake. Within a 15-minute drive from the Southwest corner of Van Zandt County is the 20-mile long Cedar Creek Lake. Fishing.. Texas State Route 31 and FM 90. Lake Palestine. 15 minute drive from the Southwest corner of Van Zandt County, Lake Palestine offers fishing, boat ramps. Off Texas State Route 31. Canton City Lake. Fishing. City License required. 903.567.2826. Van City Lake. Fishing. City license required. $2 per day or $25 per year. 903.963.7216. Bruce Park. Downtown Wills Point. Restored pioneer Wills family homesite as it was in 1848. Preservation of original William Wills log cabin, with a working smithy shop, a smoke house, barn, corral, outhouse, landscaping, lighting and fencingÑplus a 30 by 40 foot ÒpartyÓ pavilion available for private functions. 873-8626.

libraries Grand Saline Public Library. 201 E. Pacific.. Open Tues.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-Noon. 962.5516. catj@vzcc.org. Family History Center. Wills Point. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. A favorite stop for genealogy buffs. The center includes microfiche of the main libraryÕs catalog and indexes, along with more than 200 reference books. Hwy 47 north of downtown. Open Tues. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Wed and Thur. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Van Zandt County Library. Canton. The library contains a unique modular shelving system which gives an open and airy feeling with different color schemes designating the children and adult areas with more than 45,000 items including books, audio tapes, videocassettes, magazines, newspapers, and computer software. Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History. An outstanding collection for the county, includes microfilm, society quarterlies, and memorabilia. Canton Courthouse Annex. 903.567.5012. Wingo Public Library. Wills Point. Adult Section includes current best sellers, biographies, reference section, periodicals and large-print books. The library also has a fine childrenÕs collection. Anyone living in the Wills Point School District may obtain a library card for $2. Wills Point High School, Hwy. 80. Open Mon. & Wed. 2-5:30 p.m. and Sat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 873-2371

shopping Black Knight Gallery. Fine antiques and furnishings, 224 S. Buffalo St., Canton. 903.567.1893. Canton Main Street. Canton. A variety of antiques, clothing, restaurants, gifts, western wear, flowers, and art gallery. Most shops open Monday through Saturday until 5 p.m. and until 9 p.m. on the First Monday Saturday. Downtown Canton. Country Cottage Boutique. Wills Point. WomenÕs career and casual clothing. Area also includes many giftshops. Downtown Wills Point. Edom Shopping. Edom. Local artists with pottery and jewelry and Blue Moon Gardens gift shop. FM 279. First Monday Trade Days. Canton. See Attractions. Four Oaks Antiques and Collectibles. Edgewood. Crystal, furniture, pottery. Thurs.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 606 E. Pine. 903.896.1936 Red Door Antiques. Edgewood. Antique furniture, gifts glassware, collectibles. Open Wed-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 10-3 p.m. Extended hours First Monday weekends. 111 E.N. Front St. 903.8996.1423.

skating Round Up Roller Rink. Grand Saline. 610 E. Garland Ave., 962.7442. StewartÕs Canton Skating Rink. Canton. Hwy. 64, 567.2828.

theater Majestic Theater. Wills Point. 136 W. N. Commerce St., 873.8140

Other services ATM. American National Bank, 1591 N. Trade Days Blvd. (Hwy. 19) 9-3.567.6506. First State Bank of Ben Wheeler. Hwy. 64. 903.833.5861. Catering. T&T Parties for You. Full service catering specializing in theme parties such as masquerade, Halloween, Disneyland, disco and birthday. Full service wedding coordination. 903.963.1398. Chiropractor. Ingram Chiropractic. 903.567.5579. Copies & Printing. Also fax services, office supplies, invitations, business cards. First Copies, 918 S. Trade Days Blvd., Canton. 903.567.1668. Graphic Design. N Design Studio. 903.896.2227. Health Food. Vitamins, herbs, organic foods, diet aids, sports nutrition. Canton Health Foods, 1107 W. Dallas, Canton, 903.567-2532. Massage. Massage by Carolyn Gibson, 3.5 miles E. of Ben Wheeler, 903.833.1024: Oasis Massage & Bodywork Clinic, 2212 S. Buffalo, Canton, 903.567.5961. Pharmacies. Edgewood Pharmacy, 115 N. Houston, Edgewood, 903.896.1473 or Night 903.356.2357. Photography. BrownÕs Photography. 903.833.5062. RV Dealer. MarshallÕs RV Centers, I-20 at exit 521, Canton, 1.800.552.5604. www.marshallsrv. com

annual events Bluebird Festival. Held in Wills Point each year in April with a multitude of events including quilt shows, train show, Little Miss Bluebird pageant, nature exhibits, living history exhibits, crafts, arts and bluebird tours. 1-800WP-BLUBIRD. Blueberry Hill Farm. Edom. A 10-acre blueberry orchard offering Òpick your ownÓ experience during the season usually the month of June and first half of July. Picnic table available. Public restrooms. Groups welcome. Bring cooler to carry away your blueberries. Picking baskets supplied. Come early and hear the birds singing at sunrise. Come late and see a beautiful sunset. FM 314. 903.852.6175 or 800.670.9711. Van Zandt County Fair. Held in June in Canton each year features rodeo, carnival and much more. Grand Saline Salt Festival. Held in June in Grand Saline includes nightly street dances, rodeo, and more. Van Oil Festival. November. Includes livestock show, Texas Tea Trot, a 5K and one mile fun run, parade, talent show and antique care show, arts and crafts. www.vantexas.com. 903.963.7091. Log Cabin Christmas Bazaar. Held in November for 24 years in Edgewood. Free tours of Edgewood Historical Village and a fun-filled day of activities and attractions including gourmet baked good, arts and crafts, chili cookoff, entertainment, carriage rides, scarecrow contest, cotton-eyed Joe dances, and live music. 903.896.7830. Wonderland of Lights. December. Van. 60-foot carousel, Santa, elves, reindeer, lighted teepee and Indians. Over 100 scenes, Wills Point Spirit of Christmas Bazaar & Lighted Parade. December. Arts, crafts, food and live entertainment. 903.873.3111.

 

War Zone PaintBall Games. Fun for all with washable paint (min age 10). Playing and game fields including speedball, bunkers, maze and jungle. Great for birthday and company parties. $5 for 100 balls. Open by reservation. 4883 FM 314, Ben Wheeler, (2.7 m. N of Hwy. 64), 852.RUSH.

Jackie's Game Room. Amusement games, pool tables,  jukebox. Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-2 a.m., Sun. 1-11 p.m. Hwy. 64, Ben Wheeler, 833.5247.

Jerry’s Pizza & Game Room. Canton. Video games, pin ball and pool table. Tues.-Thurs. 4-10 p.m., Fri.-Sun. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 2250 N Trade Days Blvd, 567-4821

RG General Store Community Center. Pool tables, video games, jukebox. Open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Martins Mill.

The Game Room. Video and arcade games and pool tables. Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Located in Movies Now and Then in Van. 135 W. Main St., 963.7977, 963.4200.

golf

Van Zandt Country Club. Canton. Private club with 18-hole golf course, swimming pool, tennis courts, pro shop, club house and dining. Located on the north access road to I-20 between Hwy. 19 and FM 859. 567.4884.

Twin Lakes Golf Course. Canton. 18-hole, 7200 plus yard, championship golf course with Tif Eagle Bermuda grass greens. A set of tees for all level of players. Beautiful rolling tree-lined fairways. Two scenic lakes. Practice facility. Professional and friendly PGA staff. Daily food service. $39 weekdays, $49 weekends, $28 twilight weekday, $37 twilight weekend, cart and green fee included. Tournament and corporate rates available. Golf shop open Mon.-Sun. 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 567.1112.

lakes & parks

Purtis Creek State Park. Situated on the shores of a small lake, Purtis
Creek State Park caters to fishing enthusiasts of all ages. Campsites with water and electricity and primitive sites available. Picnic areas with tables and playground. Swimming is permitted. Boat ramp and dock. Lighted fishing piers. A three-mile hike to primitive camping area. Off highway 198 near Eustace. 903.425.2332. For more information see the Texas Parks & Wildlife website http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us.

Bruce Park. Downtown Wills Point. Restored pioneer Wills family homesite as it was in 1848. Preservation of original William Wills log cbin, with additions of a working smithy shop, a smoke house, barn, corral, outhouse, landscaping, lighting and fencing--plus a 30x40 foot party pavilion available for private functions. Wills Point Historical Society project. 873.2367.

libraries

Grand Saline Public Library. 201 E. Pacific. Open Tues.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.-Noon. 962.5516. catj@vzcc.org.

Family History Center. Wills Point. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. A favorite stop for genealogy buffs. The center includes microfiche of the main library’s catalog and indexes, along with more than 200 reference books. Hwy 47 north of downtown. Open Tues. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Wed and Thur. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Van Zandt County Library. Canton. The library contains a unique modular shelving system which gives an open and airy feeling with different color schemes designating the children and adult areas with more than 45,000 items including books, audio tapes, videocassettes, magazines, newspapers, and computer software.

Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History. An outstanding collection for the county, this collection includes microfilm, society quarterlies, and memorabilia.   Canton Courthouse Annex. 567.5012.

Wingo Public Library. Wills Point. Adult section includes current best sellers, biographies, reference section, periodicals and large-print books. The library also has a fine children's collection. Library card $2. Wills Point High School, Hwy. 80. Open Mon. & Wed. 2-5:30 p.m. and Sat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 873-2371.

museums

Blackwell Museum. As the oldest home in Canton, the Blackwell museum houses mementos and photographs from the early years in Canton’s history. The original furnishings have been restored and placed in the house that also serves as offices for the Canton Chamber of Commerce. 315 First Monday Lane, 567-2991.

Billy the Kid Museum of Canton and Outlaw Museum. Canton. Featuring Billy the Kid, Jesse James, John Wilkes Booth and the Kennedy Assassination Free. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. of First Monday weekends. Viewing window always open. Top of The Mountain on Hwy 17.

Depot Museum. Wills Point. Step back in time at the Depot Museum where a unique collection of city, county, and railroad history awaits. You’ll see vintage clothing, agricultural artifacts and railroad memorabilia, all collected and maintained by the Historical Society. Hwy. 80. Mon. & Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Thurs. & Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For group tours call 873.8626.

Edgewood Heritage Park Historical Village. The outdoor museum encompasses 14 authentically restored and furnished structures representing rural life in East Texas in 1900. It has been used as the setting for scenes in several television productions. Structures include log cabins, band stand, blacksmith shop, cottages, gift shop, barber shop and public bath, school, railroad depot, gas station, church and carriage house. Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special group tours available every day with advance reservations. Adults $2.50, Students, $2, Children under six, FREE. North Houston and Elm., P.O. Box 765, Edgewood, TX 75117, (903) 896-1940 or 896-4326.

Edom Historical Museum. Pictures of the early 1900’s Edom homes;
memorabilia from C.W. Morris, who had a general merchandise and  drug store from about 1912 to the late 1950’s; civil war era letters; a WWII roster of many VZ county veterans. Open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. first & third Saturday and by appointment. FM 279 , downtown Edom. 833.5597 or 852.5901 or 852.6878.

First Monday Museum. Canton. Contains many fascinating artifacts from Canton and the surrounding area including Indian artifacts, early settler’s personal belongings and models of early Texas buildings and homes.  At the VZCounty Library.

Grand Saline Salt Palace. In the center of Grand Saline sits the only building in North America made of pure rock salt. Grand Saline is the
home of one of the largest, purest salt domes in the nation with a supply estimated to last 20,000 years. The Salt Palace museum features photos and memorabilia of the salt industry dating back to 1845 and the rich history of Grand Saline and its citizens. The history of native son pioneer aviator Wiley Post is displayed with photographs and a small model of his famous plane “The Winnie Mae” in which he set two world records by circling the globe in 1931 and 1933. The Salt Palace offers complimentary salt crystals and a small gift shop sells both  Morton Salt Company and Texas souvenirs. Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. FREE. 100 West Garland Avenue, Grand Saline, TX 75140-1812, 903-962-5631.

Van Area Oil & Historical Museum. Step back in time on the bed of a 1917 white truck as you enter the boom times of the 1930’s. The museum features a working miniature oil pump, an 1800 cotton mill, a blacksmith shop, a general store, tools and equipment, a 1930 working kitchen with gas refrigerator and kerosene stove and many more interesting exhibits of the times. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-4p.m. Special request tours available. 963.5435.  VZCR 1501 off Hwy. 16/Main Street, Van.

Points of interest

Blue Moon Gardens. Edom. A visit to Blue Moon Gardens take you to another world. Nestled in the rolling hills and piney woods, Blue Moon Gardens is an oasis of beauty and tranquility. Surrounded by two acres of display gardens filled with fragrant herbs and blooming flowers, the Herb and Gift Shop is housed in an 85-year-old farmhouse. This setting creates an enchanting atmosphere to shop for a wide selection of herbs, cottage garden flowers and unusual gifts. Open daily all year. On FM 279, between Edom and Tyler. (903) 852-3897.

Caruth C. Byrd Wildlife Foundation. Van. Formed to provide a sustained refuge for exotic animals gathered from around the world, many of which are listed as endangered species. The facility accommodates educational tours for local schools and organizations. FM 16, Call for appointment 963-3755.

Veterans Memorial Wall. Wills Point. American Legion Post #303 salutes veterans with a commemorative granite wall displaying the names of those who served in World War II. Veterans of other wars are also honored with separate additions to the wall. Hwy. 80 east of downtown.

Wills Cabin. Wills Point. Built in 1849, this is the original home of William Wills, namesake of Wills Point. The dog-trot cabin is being restored to its original glory. EN Commerce Street. Open by appointment. 873.2367.

Wills Point Caboose.  Wills Point. Red Caboose restored and operated by the Wills Point Historical Society, the Caboose now serves as a hospitality center for visitors. Hwy. 80. Call 873.8626 for tours.

skating

Round Up Roller Rink. Grand Saline. 610 E. Garland Ave., 962.7442.

Stewart’s Canton Skating Rink. Canton.  Hwy. 64, 567.2828.

theater

Majestic Theatre. Wills Point. 136 W. N. Commerce St., 873.8140

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Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center . Athens. Discover the mysteries of underwater life as you’ve never seen it before! Texas Parks and Wildlife’s newest showcase facility is home to the world’s largest bass, dive show, museum, working hatchery, and casting pond... a truly unforgettable adventure! 1-903-676-BASS

The Discovery Science Place. Tyler. A hands-on learning center for kids! Hours: Regular... Labor Day - Memorial, Tues. - Sat., 9:00 - 5:00 p.m. Summer...Memorial Day - Labor Day, Mon. - Sat., 9:00 - 5:00 p.m. Visit website at http://tyler.iamerica.net/discovery. 1-903-533-8011 308 N. Broadway.

Silent Wings Museum. Terrell. A memorial to the Airborne personnel of WWII. The museum’s centerpiece is a completely restored WWII Waco CG-4A Glider. This CG-4A restoration is only the second such restoration in the world. In the museum’s video theater you’ll see various showings of WWII- type combat and training film of gliders, glider pilots and airborne troops in action. Admission is free. 10 a.m. to 5p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sundays. Silent Wings Blvd. at the Terrell Airport, 972.563.0402.

A-1 Automotive
P.O. Box 1220
Van, TX 75790
963-3334

Accents By Amy
303 West Main,
Van, TX 75790
963-3050

American National Bank
P.O. Box 939,
Canton, TX
567.6506

Bestbilt Portable Buildings
415 Hwy 80
Edgewood
877-546-5915

Bill Hullum, CPA
P.O. Box 1603,
Van, TX 75790
  963-5865

Black Knight Gallery
224 S. Buffalo
Canton, TX 75103
567-1893

Bob's Paint & Body
P.O. Box 535
Canton, TX
567-1148

Blue Moon Gardens
13062 FM 279
Chandler, TX 75758
904-863-4897
www.bluemoongardens.com

Brown's Photography
2712 VZ CR 4702,
Ben Wheeler, TX 75754
833-5062

Canton Health Foods
1107 W. Dallas
Canton, TX 75103
567-2532

Canton Paint & Body
24281 Hwy. 64
Canton, TX 75103
567-2500

Car Quest Auto
1011 W. Dallas
Canton, TX 75103
567-4174

Chick's Chevron
P.O. Box 307
Canton, TX 75103
567-4910

Country Cottage Boutique
100 N. 4th St.
Wills Point, TX 75169
903.873.1282

Dairy Palace
P.O. Box 729,
Canton, TX 75103
567-4875

Down Home Cafe
Ben Wheeler, TX
833-1016

Eagle Security Systems
333 FM 1256
Canton, TX 75103
479-4131

East Texas Crisis Center
567-6426

First Copies
1120 S.Trade Days Blvd., Suite C
Canton, TX 75103
567-1668

Friends/
Tyler St.
Mercantile
173 E. Tyler St.     Canton, TX
800.322.2944

Gator's Restaurant & Club
P.O. Box 215
Alba, TX
903.474.8888

Hill Insurance
P.O. Drawer 40,
Wills Point, TX 75169
873-3131

Hilliard's Furniture & Appliance
209 South Buffalo, Canton, TX  567-4123

Ingram Chiropractic
405 S. Live Oak, Canton, TX 75103
567-5579

Marshall's RV Center Inc.
P.O. Box 896,
Canton, TX 75103
903-865-1130

Massage by Carolyn Gibson
Hwy. 254,
Ben Wheeler, TX 75754
833-1024

Paul Bigham
Vinyl Siding
829-8074 or 829-2708

The Picket Fence
Canton • On the Squre 567-2059

Plumbing by Roger
4895 FM 279
Ben Wheeler, TX 75754
833-5667

Sisters Old Mill Creek Cafe
Hwy 19 & 64
Canton, TX 75103
903-567-6241

Taylor Automotive
28078 Hwy. 64
Canton, TX 75103
567-3948

Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
5550 Flat Creek
Athens, TX
903.670.2238

The Tea Room
On the Square, Canton 567-6221

The Very Thing
On the Square, Canton 567-6221

Two Senoritas Restaurant
107 S. Interstate 20
Canton, TX 75103
567.6520

Van Zandt Country Club
Canton, TX

Van Zandt Internet
602 Trade Days Blvd
Canton, TX 75103
567-4482

Wallace & Murray Insurance
301 E. Hwy. 243
Canton, TX 75103
567.4108

Wal-Mart
Canton, TX
567-5744

Walter Baird Construction
P.O. Box 691
Canton, TX 75103
829-2702

Watkins
903-848-7206
wwatkins@kaelinweb.net

Zacki's Unique Boutique
Canton • On the Square
567-5883

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