Shelby County Home on Toledo Bend Lake
Certified Retirement Communities
Rio Theater in Downtown Center, Shelby County

Welcome to Shelby County!

Shelby County's crown jewel is nestled on the downtown square in Center, Texas.
The 1885 historic Shelby County Courthouse experienced a complete restoration as it was styled as an Irish castle by architect John Joseph Emmett Gibson and now serves as a visitor's center. Complimenting the historic courthouse is the historic Shelby County Jail designed and also built by J. J. E. Gibson in 1884. It is the epitome of an 1880's small-town Texas county jail, and now the home of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. The city of Center was named so due to the geographic location in the "center" of Shelby County. Tenaha, Timpson and Joaquin are cities in Shelby County in addition to the county seat.

From the historic museum to numerous historic sites and markers, from stunning landscapes on Toledo Bend Lake to wildlife areas in the Sabine National Forest, and a one-acre sporting goods retail paradise, there is something for everyone. The Airport Fly-In in May, Sheriff's Posse PRCA Rodeo in June, Independence Day Celebration, WHAT-A-Melon Festival and Frontier Days in July, East Texas Poultry Festival in October, exhibits at the Lakes Area Art League Center, fishing tournaments and the East Texas Golf Tournament offer fun activities for the entire family throughout the year. A visit around the historic downtown square is a memorable one with shopping, dining, an art gallery, antiques and a 1920's restored state-of-the art movie theatre. Enjoy a walk and picnic in a family atmosphere at the Center City Park with a playground, lake, fishing pier and horseshoe pit tucked away in the Texas Forest Country.

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Shelby County...gateway to the Texas Forest Country