Smith County Historical Society

Discover the history of Smith County, Texas

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.

One of our ongoing projects is to publish our Index to Chronicles of Smith County, Texas and it is starting to be a reality. We hope to have it complete by the end of the year, just in time to add our newest issue to it.

If you are planning a trip to use our archives, send us an e-mail at to tell us what you are researching. We will do our best to have material pulled to make your trip easier and more productive.

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.

Society Store

Browse our diverse collection of maps, local history books and the Chronicles of Smith County, Texas available for purchase online. Selected issues of the Chronicles are on sale until December 31, 2015. The issues on sale are $5.00 or $7.50 until the year end. We have also put some of our books on sale also. 

Support the Smith County Historical Society


Support the Historical Society and become a member today. Membership is open to all persons or organizations and include a subscription to the monthly newsletter.


The Society not only accepts monetary contributions, but also donations of physical items. Materials collected by the Society include items such as photographs, books, maps, and business/personal documents, as well as artifacts ranging from Native American relics to vintage clothing and furniture.


The many functions of the Society require manpower, and the membership alone often cannot supply it all. Assistance is always needed with such activities as sorting and organizing archival material, answering the phone and greeting visitors.