The Smith County Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded in 1959 by individuals and business firms dedicated to discovering, collecting and preserving data, records and other items relating to the history of Smith County, Texas. They joined together in a rewarding effort to preserve the fascinating stories of Smith County’s past in the many areas of historical preservation pursued by the Society.
Museum and Camp Ford: Free Admission
Come and see our exhibits including life-size dioramas of Smith County history ranging from Caddo Indians to the Twentieth Century.
Need to do some research? Check out our archival library containing historical artifacts of Smith County, including newspapers, city directories, school records, photographs, maps, historical papers, rare books and much more.
Camp Ford Historic Park
Learn more about one of the largest Confederate prisoner camp west of the Mississippi River. The park contains a kiosk, paved trail, interpretive signage and a cabin reconstruction.
Browse our diverse collection of maps, local history books and the Chronicles of Smith County, Texas available for purchase online.