The City of Gilmer is located in Upshur County, Texas, northeast of Tyler, south of Mt. Pleasant. It is named after former United States Secretary of the Navy, Thomas Walker Gilmer, and sits at an elevation of 367 in the Piney Woods section of Texas.
It is located on U.S. Highway 271, and also Texas highways 154 and 155.
Gilmer is known for being the home of the East Texas Yamboree, a four-day event held annually during the third weekend of October. It celebrates the popular crop grown in the area, the sweet potato, or the "yam".
Located downtown at 119 Simpson Street in a former U.S. Post Office is the Historic Upshur Museum. Construction on the building began in June of 1925 and was completed early in 1926; it served as the Gilmer post office until 1991. In 1992 local groups purchased the structure for a museum.
Today, the museum continues its growth, and houses static and changing exhibits, photographs, displays and artifacts of Upshur County. It also features samples from Gilmer Pottery and Byrd Pottery, and native American artifacts.
The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome..
The city is also the birthplace of popular music singer Don Henley of the Eagles band, Johnny Mathis, and blues musician Freddie King.
Four miles west of Gilmer is Lake Gilmer.
The Gilmer Zip Codes are 75644-75645, and its Area Code is 903. Its population is about 4,800 residents.
Gilmer Area Motels and Accommodations
Gilmer has several motels, hotels, and other lodging including those listed below.
In addition, there are other accommodations in Tyler including a Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Select, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Country Inn & Suites, Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn, Fairfield Inn, and others.
Area Tourism and Attractions
While visiting the Gilmer area, you may want to take other interesting day trips in East Texas:
- Jacksonville - to the south of Tyler on U.S. 69
- Love's Lookout - beautiful 30-mile vista to the East
- Athens - Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
- Canton - home of First Monday Trade Days
- Gladewater - antique capitol of East Texas
- Kilgore - home of the East Texas Oil Museum and Kilgore College
- Longview - historic buildings, shopping, restaurants
- Marshall - Marshall Pottery, Railroad Museum, more
- Toledo Bend Reservoir - boating, fishing, swimming, marinas, hiking, camping, golf, resorts, restaurants
- Bullard - just south of Tyler, home of wineries and the Freedom Museum