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PERRYVILLE, TEXAS

Wood County, East Texas
FM 2088 and FM 852
8 Miles SE of Winnsboro

Population: 0052 (1990 and 2000)

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Perryville Tx - Methodist Church
Perryville Methodist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson
, July 2007

History in a Pecan Shell

It is told that a local sawmill and landowner here named Perry is the community’s namesake. There was an earlier community named either Wallington or Wallingville, but Perry’s success with his sawmill overtook that community and it became a part of Perryville.

Perryville was near Jefferson Road – the county’s first public road, constructed in the early 1850s. In 1856 the community got its first store and four years later a post office opened – spelled Parryville. It closed the following year and reopened after the Civil War in 1867. This one only lasted until 1869.

In the mid 1890s, the town’s second post office (with the current spelling of the name) opened but that one lasted only until 1906.

Perryville at one time had as many as five cotton gins. By 1900, Perryville was only 2 people away from having 100 citizens. No reports are available for the prosperous 1920s or the depressed 30s, but after WWII, Perryville reported a population of just 40.

By 1960, Perryville had no businesses to report and many of the community’s houses were abandoned. It retained two churches and the cemetery remained open.

The population was frozen at 52 from the early 1970s through the 2000 census. In the 1980s, the local Baptist Church, received a historical marker.

Perryville Tx - Bapitst Church
Perryville Bapitst Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007
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