Magnolia, Texas


The year 1840 may have been the turning point in the history of what is now known as Magnolia, Texas. That was the year that the southern boundary of Montgomery County was extended to Spring Creek. This area was officially named Mink, Texas on September 3, 1885. The first known application for "Magnolia" was dated January 17, 1885, however; the official name change to Magnolia did not occur until July 28, 1903.

By 1924 it was a thriving community. Several large sawmills were open as well as several general stores, saloons, barbershop, ice cream store, telephone office, livery stable, bank, hotel, boarding house, doctor’s office, pharmacy, blacksmith shop, syrup and grist mills, churches, school, land office, railroad depot, telegraph station, cotton gin, tanning yard, feed store and garage. Magnolia became a shipping center for lumber, farm products and cattle.


An election was held on September 28, 1968, to determine if the territory known as Town of Magnolia should become an incorporated municipality. There were a total of 123 votes cast, 106 votes for and 17 votes against. The City of Magnolia became an incorporated municipality on October 15, 1968 with Cedric Smith serving as the first Mayor.

Magnolia Independent School District is a highly rated, public school district. It has 12,888 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 78% of students are at least proficient in math and 76% in reading.


The Texas Renaissance Festival is an event that aims to put the "Huzzah!" into your weekend. The nation's largest Renaissance theme park offers nine weekends of magic, merriment, adventure, romance, and fun, end of September 29th through November. Our 60-acre Renaissance village is an immersive, interactive experience with over 20 stages of continuous entertainment, hundreds of shoppes featuring unique, one of a kind items, delicious food and drink, and hand-powered rides and games. Knights on horseback joust for honor and glory. Kings and queens, fairies and elves, pirates and peasants, and other fantastic characters roam the tree lined lanes of this enchanted kingdom and each night ends with the Royal Fireworks. Ample parking, costume rental and a 200-acre campground round out the amenities of this not to be missed event.

Jan Gillespie
Jan Gillespie