Historic cemeteries in
Lee, Texas

4-M Farms Cemetery Adina Cemetery Alford Family Cemetery Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery Atkinson Cemetery Beaman Family Cemetery Beaman Family Cemetery Beaman High Prairie Cemetery Bethania Lutheran Cemetery Betts Family Chapel Cemetery Beulah Cemetery Black Grove Cemetery Bluff Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Branch Family Cemetery Burns Cemetery Cameron Cemetery Carney-Sparks Cemetery Centerpoint Cemetery Christ Lutheran Church Cemetery Cole Springs Cemetery Copperas Cemetery Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery Dodd Cemetery Early Chapel Cemetery Ebenezer Lutheran Church Cemetery Evergreen Cemetery Friendship Cemetery Germania Cemetery Giddings Cemetery, Black Giddings City Cemetery Giddings City Cemetery, Mexican Globe Hill Baptist Church Cemetery Gloyna-Reuther Cemetery Good Hope Cemetery Gotcher Graves Cemetery Guthrie Cemetery Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery Hoover Family Cemetery Hranice Bretheran Cemetery Hugh Wilson Cemetery Isbel Family Cemetery Jefferies Cemetery Jones Colony Ledbetter Cemetery Keng Cemetery Knobbs Springs Baptist Church Cemetery Knobbs Springs Lower Cemetery L. H. & C. H. Cemetery Lawhon Springs Cemetery Leo-New Bethel Church Cemetery Lexington Community Cemetery Lexington Memorial Cemetery Lexington Memorial German Cemetery Lyles Cemetery-Graves Melcher Family Cemetery Mesquite Cemetery Mt. Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery Mundine Cemetery Mundine Family Cemetery, Lexington Noack Cemetery Noll And Turner Families Cemetery Northrup Graves Cemetery Old Dime Box-Hannes Cemetery Old Greens Creek Cemetery Phears-Hvidberg Family Cemetery Pilgrim's Rest Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Post Oak-Sunnyside Baptist Church Cemetery Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery Rost-Peters Cemetery Salem Community Cemetery Sanders Cemetery Sandy Point A. M. E. Church Cemetery Schroeder Cemetery Scott Cemetery Shady Point Cemetery Smith Chapel Cemetery St Peters Lutheran Cemetery St. Jame's Lutheran Church Cemetery St. John's Lutheran Children's Cemetery St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery St. Johns Lutheran Cemetery St. Joseph's Catholic Church Cemetery St. Mary's Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery Sweet Home Baptist Church Cemetery Thompson-Atkinson Cemetery Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery Unknown (Hog Branch; N. Of Ledbetter) Cemetery Unknown (Ron Jones) Cemetery Unknown Graves (darden Spr) Cemetery Unknown Graves, CR 331 Cemetery Unknown Name, Incorrectly Called Bozart-Smith Cemetery Vick Cemetery Vittrup Grave Cemetery Ward Cemetery Washington Cemetery Winters Cemetery Wolf Family Cemetery Wolf-Hutson Cemetery
Texas was once a part of Mexico but gained independence in 1836 after a famous battle at the Alamo.
Lee County, located in the central region of Texas, has a rich and diverse history that dates back to its establishment in 1874. Originally part of Bastrop County, it was named after Robert E. Lee, the controversial Confederate general. The area was primarily settled by German immigrants, who brought with them a strong agricultural tradition that shaped the county's economy.

During its early years, Lee County experienced significant growth and development. The arrival of the railroad in the late 1800s opened up new opportunities for trade and transportation. The county became known for its cotton production, and many rural communities emerged to support the farming industry. The county seat, Giddings, became a thriving commercial center, with businesses and institutions establishing themselves to meet the needs of the growing population.

The 20th century brought both challenges and progress to Lee County. The devastating effects of the Great Depression hit the agricultural sector hard, leading to a decline in cotton farming. However, the county adapted and diversified its economy, venturing into cattle ranching and the production of other crops. In the mid-20th century, the discovery of oil and natural gas reserves in the area brought a new wave of economic growth.

Lee County has also played a significant role in Texas history. It is home to the Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery State Historic Sites, which commemorate the fallen soldiers of the Dawson Massacre and the Texas Revolution. Today, Lee County continues to be a rural and historically significant part of Texas, with a strong sense of community and a blend of diverse cultural influences.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Lee County, Texas.

  • 1874: Lee County is established on February 11, named after Robert E. Lee.
  • 1878: The town of Giddings is established as the county seat.
  • 1881: The Texas and New Orleans Railroad is completed, leading to increased economic growth in the county.
  • 1907: Lee County Courthouse is built, replacing the original courthouse constructed in 1878.
  • 1920s: Cotton becomes a major crop for the county, leading to prosperous years for local farmers.
  • 1960s: The decline of cotton production begins, and farmers shift to other crops and livestock.
  • 1996: The Lee County Youth Center is opened to provide juvenile offenders with rehabilitative services.
  • 2011: The county is severely affected by drought and wildfires, causing significant damage to agricultural lands.
  • Present: Lee County continues to be primarily an agricultural area, with a growing emphasis on diversifying the local economy.