Whitehouse is located in Smith County, approximately 10 miles south of Tyler. Whitehouse was founded in 1845 as an agriculture community. Travelers from other southern states passed through Whitehouse in 1836 on the way to defend the Alamo. Most arrived too late, and decided to settle in Whitehouse. Farmers grew cotton, tomatoes, peaches, watermelons and other vegetables. The community has a number of schools, small businesses and a library that are available to individuals looking for homes for rent. The city is an easy commute into Tyler, but also has a number of thriving local industries.
Facts for Future Renters
The city got its name from a whitewashed building that stood near the railroad tracks. It served as a community center - school, church and meetings were held there.
Whitehouse holds an annual celebration of its history called YesterYear on the last weekend in June. The festival features arts and crafts exhibits, old-time demonstrations and the crowning of Mr. and Mrs. YesterYear.
The Whitehouse School District is regarded throughout the region and has received numerous awards for its programs.
History buffs may want to check out the Texas State Historical Association's article on Whitehouse. It provides a history of the town starting in the early 1800s when the land was a Native-American camp.
The Tri County Leader is an excellent resource on political, sports and community news. In addition to Whitehouse, the paper covers Troup, Lake Tyler and South Tyler. The Tyler Morning Telegraph is another local newspaper that renters may subscribe to.