Wallisville Heritage parkLocated in Chambers County halfway between Beaumont and Houston, the Wallisville Heritage Park has often been described as one of the best-kept secrets in Southeast Texas.

In addition to operating a museum and archives on Chambers County history, the facility includes a genealogy library and research center filled with approximately 2,000 books. The center also boasts some seven hundred vertical files on pioneer families of the county. The library and vertical files are open to the public at no charge. Genealogists and researchers can stop in and visit the library any time.

Heritage Park Director Kevin Ladd says the library and museum has always followed a relaxed atmosphere. Many folks visit the library on a regular basis, bring along a sack lunch or cooler, and just spend the day there. Researchers are welcome to eat lunch in a small kitchen in the museum.

Chambers County bookThe research center has previously published several books dealing with local history. "Chambers County: A Pictorial History" was published back in 1988 and received the T. R. Fehrenbach Award from the Texas Historical Commission. A more recent publication, "Chambers County, Texas in the War Between the States," written by Ladd, covers the lives of 205 Confederate and 11 Union veterans from the county. They also have reprinted Flavia Fleischman's "Old River Country: A History of West Chambers County" and published "Memories Are Made of This", a cookbook of early local recipes.

The staff of the museum is currently working on several other future book projects. The museum is especially interested in copying photographs of pioneer families, early homes and businesses. The museum also has an active volunteer group. Additional volunteers are always needed and can assist with various projects.

The Wallisville Heritage Park is open on 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. For additional information, call the museum at 409-389-2252.