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.

8 – 5 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.

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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