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The Governor Jim Hogg City Park honors Texas’ first native-born governor, James Stephen Hogg, who served from 1891 to 1895. There are three museums on the park grounds. On special occasions, visitors can watch the Stinson House Quilters work in the 1869 house that belonged to Sallie Hogg’s parents. The Honeymoon Cottage, the early home of Gov. Jim and Sallie Hogg, features original furnishings, and the Ima Hogg Museum, named for the Hoggs’ only daughter, houses Northeast Texas and family memorabilia.
The park has 26.7 acres.
The original acreage was deeded by the Wood County Old Settlers Reunion Association in 1946. The park was opened in 1950. Acreage was given as a gift by Miss Ima Hogg in 1970 and some additional acreage was purchased at that time.
The Park also is home to the Stinson Home which was built in 1869 and moved 13 miles to its present location in the park in 1969. The structure contains 95 - 97% of the original lumber. The Honeymoon Cottage is also located in the park, which was the first home of Governor and Sallie Hogg (Sarah Ann Leannah Stinson). The Old George Bridge was first put to use in the early 1900s and was moved to the park in 1986. The bridge is a pony truss, steel bridge, which is no longer used by bridge builders. There is also a walking trail and gardens in the rear area of the park, which is maintained by the Friends of the Arboretum organization.
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Facilities include; group picnic sites; two group pavilions (one referred to as the tabernacle); restrooms without showers; a playground; and a 1/2-mile nature/interpretive trail (Old Settlers Nature Trail, and a turn-of-the-century iron bridge.
There are 19 trailer sites (30/50 amp service) at the park with water, electricity, sewer, and cable TV. Call 903.763.2223 for reservations. Reservations are required for the covered picnic site, concrete picnic table area and tabernacle.
An additional permit may be necessary for large events involving the general public (such as fund-raisers, performances, or meetings.) - please contact City Hall at 903.763.2223 for more information.
The Quitman Arboretum and Botanical Gardens