The Wallisville Heritage Park is open to the public, free of charge Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at Exit 807 on Interstate 10 at Wallisville in Chambers County.
How to Contact Us
Telephone 409-389-2252 or write us at:
Wallisville Heritage Park
P.O. Box 16
Wallisville, Texas 77597
Our e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Wallisville Heritage Park, in Wallisville, Chambers County, Texas is engaged in the preservation, restoration, and study of the Wallisville Townsite and the El Orcoquisac Archeological District, two sites on the National Register of Historic Places in Texas.
In 1979 a private, nonprofit organization named Wallisville Heritage Park was organized by John Middleton and other concerned residents interested in saving the original Wallisville townsite. The property on which the town was situated was purchased by the United States Army Corps of Engineers during the 1960s for the Wallisville Lake project. After a 1973 federal court injunction halted construction on the reservoir, the plans were changed to preserve the old townsite. Heritage Park purchased the town's original 1869 schoolhouse in 1979, restored the building, and relocated it on Middleton's property near Interstate Highway 10. This building served as a museum and headquarters for the organization from December 1979 until May 1983, when Heritage Park constructed a new building nearby and relocated.
The new building contains a library and research center, museum, offices, archival storage space, and other features. Heritage Park also acquired other historical structures and moved them to Wallisville, including the 1910 Union Church from Anahuac, the 1915 Eminence Schoolhouse, the William Cooper house, and the Ina and John Wallis House. These buildings, as well as a rebuilt 1886 courthouse and 1895 jail and hanging tower, were to be located in a restored Wallisville Townsite, also known as the Heritage Park.
How You Can Help
Wallisville Heritage Park is a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and any donation to us is tax deductible.
Any donation of $25 or more qualifies individuals or couples to membership in "Friends of the Wallisville Heritage Park." Members will receive our monthly historical newspaper, "The Age" and a monthly newsletter. These donations will help us preserve the rich history of Chambers County.
If you have roots in Chambers County, we would also like you to send us copies of your genealogical records to be added to our vertical files.
Our Staff & Volunteers
John E. Kemp - Executive Director
Sylvia Lamb - Assistant Director
Rose Bolt - Administrative Director
Kristi Cowen - Archive Coordinator