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Welcometo Shelby County, Texas

On behalf of the officers, directors, and members of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, welcome to East Texas! Shelby County offers interesting places to visit, opportunity for business, and recreation to enjoy.

Pam Phelps - Director, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce

Shelby County is located in the Pineywoods of East Texas, on the eastern boundary of Texas separated from Louisiana by the Sabine River. The towns of Tenaha, Timpson, Huxley, Joaquin, and Shelbyville all welcome newcomers and visitors to the county. Center, the largest town and county seat, is home to the crown jewel of Shelby County, the historic Shelby County courthouse located in the downtown courthouse square. Built in 1885, the courthouse was modeled after an irish castle by architect John Joseph Emmett Gibson, an Irish immigrant. Located beside the courthouse is the historic Shelby County Jail which was built concurrently with the courthouse and is now home to the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. The Shelby County Historical Society is located in the Weaver-Oates home built in circa 1900.

The leading industries in Shelby County are poultry, timber, agribusiness, general construction, and manufacturing of hardwood floors, veneers, and plywood. A top industry in the area is poultry and egg processing, and the community salutes this industry by hosting the annual East Texas Poultry Festival each October.

Shelby County offers access to the Toledo Bend Reservoir, the largest man made body of water in the South, as well as the Sabine National Forest. A broad selection of entertainment / recreation is available through a variety of restaurants, shopping, local festivals and activities as well as over 25 registered historical sites and markers designated within the county.

Shelby County offers educational opportunities through independent school systems, the Shelby Regional Training Center, and a two-year community college. Shelby County is the home to excellent medical services, the cornerstone of which is the Shelby Regional Medical Center. The primary care facaility has been serving the county and surrounding areas for more than 35 years.

The strong sense of community pride and wholesome values are the foundation that makes Shelby County attractive to residents and guests alike.

Pam Phelps
Executive Director
Shelby County Chamber of Commerce