Welcome to Panola County...
...known as the Gas Capital of the United States and the friendliest spot in the world. We have it all - temperate weather, lots of jobs, a low tax base, good schools and churches, and the world famous Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. The rural setting of our community offers plenty of Texas hospitality and is a great place to settle down or just visit for a while.
If you love country music, Panola County is definitely the place for you. Each year hundreds of people come to visit the impressive Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and Tex Ritter Museum, which is filled with memorabilia from over 30 artists such as Tex Ritter, Jim Reeves, and Willie Nelson. The Hall of Fame building includes a gift shop, plus provides unparalleled meeting space for banquets and other activities. In August each year, the new inductees are presented to a packed house.Those attending enjoy a spectacular Nashville-type show with Ralph Emery as the emcee. Another popular country music venue is the Country Music Hayride held each Saturday night at the historic Esquire Theater in downtown Carthage.
Nestled in the deep East Texas Piney Woods, Panola County is also a great place for people who enjoy the outdoors. You can spend time fishing at Lake Murvaul or on the Sabine River catching largemouth bass, stripers, and catfish; play a relaxing game of golf at the local 9-hole course, enjoy hunting white-tail deer, doves or squirrels in our abundant forests; or just enjoy a brisk walk at the local community track. If the indoors is more your interest, you can visit the Old Jail Museum and do some genealogical research; visit the public library which has over 50,000 books in circulation; join one of the quilting clubs in the area, join our active Chamber of Commerce or one of the Civic or Service Organizations or take some personal enrichment courses at Panola College such as cake decorating, country-western dancing and beginning computer skills just to name a few.
Even though our community is small, just a short drive east will take you to the Shreveport/Bossier City area that boasts a variety of activities that include riverboat casinos, horse racing, fine arts performances, signature golf courses by Hal Sutton and Fred Couples, a full-service airport, great shopping and much more. Our county is also centrally located within a 2-3 hour drive of Dallas and Houston where you have access to specialized doctors and hospitals, international airports, professional sports teams and great shopping.
Come visit us in Panola County - look us over - you'll find an active, friendly community anxious to welcome you. It's a place where you can settle in and revive yourself, a place we're all proud to call home.
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Panola County....a friendly place to call home.