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Mechanicsville, 19th century lumbering and furnituremaking center in Smith Count
Posted by: Vicki Kruschwitz (ID *****7143) Date: August 27, 2008 at 11:41:53
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An article about the early Smith County community of Mechanicsville is now online. Mechanicsville began as a sawmill operation just after the Civil War and was soon joined by other businesses to take advantage of the steam power. By 1870, there was a large furnituremaking shop, several tanyards, shoemakers and a gristmill. The community also boasted a school and a church. After the railroad came through Tyler in 1873, the businesses began to fail. The church and school continued to serve the area until about the turn of the century.

Those interested in East Texas lumbering, furnituremaking or genealogy can learn about this interesting chapter in Smith County's history at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~barronfamily/Barron/mechanicsville.pdf A few of the important families in the community were Tucker, Barron, Carter, Moore, Lang, Sheppard, Bauman, Human, Herrin, McSpadden and others. Enhancing the article are photos of some of the community's influential people, as well as several examples of Mechanicsville furniture, pictures of the cemetery and a map of the area.

Vicki Barron Kruschwitz


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