Willis, New Waverly, Huntsville, and Crockett Professional Review and Guide
"Settled in the 1850s, the community of Waverly thrived for a time on pioneer cotton and cattle businesses. Fearing damage to their cattle and the town’s economy, residents turned down the International and Great Northern Railroad Company’s request in 1870 for a right-of-way through town, a fatal mistake. The tracks were laid 6 miles west, people began relocating around the station of “New” Waverly, and the original Waverly was doomed. Built between 1905 and 1908, it is well worth a visit.
The fifth-oldest town in Texas and loaded with vintage buildings, Crockett has a history that is easy to trace. Visitors should start at the traditional square in the heart of town—good gift-shopping territory—and then go exploring. This eTrail from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Houston. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping."