Wood County Stories

A Heritage of Traditions: Winnsboro Puts On 64th Annual Autumn Trails

By Brynna Williamson

Once upon a time, a group of East Texans decided to have some fun.

They wanted to enjoy what Howard Rosser, a Winnsboro native and pioneer of Autumn Trails’ driving tour, would later describe as extraordinary beauty.

Hawkins Oil Festival

By Brynna Williamson

Remember in those old movies when an organization would put on a festival and the entire community would show up to eat, drink, laugh and reminisce together?

Yeah, the Hawkins Oil Festival is like that.

It Takes a Village:” Mineola Puts on Community Iron Horse Heritage Festival

By Brynna Williamson

Being here, in this beautiful downtown with its laughing, smiling people, feels like home. It feels like being nostalgic for a time and a place many of us never lived in… it feels like the realization of the American dream.

A Reunion for the Old and Young

By Brynna Williamson

Rocking country music plays in the background as twilight sets in. The flickering lights of a carousel shine out, softly lighting the area, as crickets and cicadas nestled in the surrounding trees set off the atmosphere to a perfect summery sweetness. Parents stand in small groups, talking, laughing, fanning, sipping, as children run around clutching hard-won prizes and sweet treats.

Jarvis Christian University: From Struggle to Success

By Brynna Williamson

A sprawling, 1000-acre campus comes into view as the driver flits by a white picket fence, open, grassy lawns, and wide, blacktopped roads and paths. With several beautiful, tan brick buildings hugging the manicured grounds, the history as well as the beauty of the campus is obvious at a glance.