|Lots of activity and fun in downtown, Edom, Texas! (Staff Photo)|
Edom, Texas is just a short 15-mile drive west of Tyler towards Ben Wheeler and Canton as shown on the map below, at the intersection of FM 279 and FM 314. It is only 80 miles east of Dallas.
Edom, the third oldest town in Van Zandt County, was first established several miles from its present site in 1849.
Sometime later the town was moved to its present location. For more information about the history of Edom, we recommend a visit to the Edom Historical Society Museum in walking distance from other popular attractions in Edom.
Today, Edom is a lovely small community of restaurants, art galleries, shops, farms, retreats, B&Bs and more. Edom is also the home to spring and fall art shows well known in all of Texas.
We love to visit and have lunch at Edom, and attend the Edom Festival of the Arts.
The Edom Art Festival began in 1972, after the first artist Doug Brown moved into town and started the artists’ mecca. By inviting fellow artists to participate, it has been well attended all of these years as an invitational and now a juried festival, known for having only high quality, original art and craft.
Today the festival is sponsored by the Edom Area Chamber of Commerce, but is produced by the artists in town, making it truly unique. Resident artists are busy creating for months to prepare for the weekend, when Edom's population of 350 swells to thousands.
Read more about the festival at the website of the Edom Chamber of Commerce.
The Shed Cafe in Edom, Texas
We always enjoy a meal at The Shed Cafe, where locals and visitors go to "Get Fed at the Shed".
East Texans love Blueberries! A popular spot for berry picking in the early summer is at nearby Blueberry Hill Farms.
Artisans in pottery, silver jewelry, glassware, macrame, and leather crafts live in town and operate attractive shops. We like to shop at Zeke & Marty, Potters Brown, the Old Firehouse Gallery, and other shops along the main street.
We also make special trips to Blue Moon Gardens nursery just east of Edom. The quality of all of their plants is excellent, and their selection of butterfly and hummingbird-friendly plants is huge.
The grounds themselves at Blue Moon are very well done and make a great place for walks, and the inside gift shop and garden center are not to be missed! Blue Moon also offers a variety of interesting and informative classes, with well known regional instructors such as Midge Jackson.
Blue Moon Gardens in Edom, Texas
Another popular stop for gardeners and nature lovers is Glenda Mae's Daylily Farm. In addition to their huge selection of daylillies, the farm also offers annual bedding plants, soil amendments, herbs, vegetable plants, succulents and basket plants.
Nearby is the Texas Rose Horse Park which offers a variety of equestrian events at its beautiful location on Texas Highway 110, just off I-20 at Exit 548.
Texas Rose Horse Park near Edom, Texas
West of Edom on FM 279 is the historic community of Ben Wheeler, known as the home of the Feral Hog Festival in the fall.
The famous pink hog bus on parade in downtown Ben Wheeler, Texas
Located just a few miles west of Edom is the City of Canton, the county seat of Van Zandt County, and home of the First Monday Trade Days.
First Monday is considered the largest free flea market in the United States, and is held on Thursday - Sunday preceding the first Monday of each month.
Up to 100,000 visitors can shop there in a given weekend.
This popular flea market is open one weekend a month and provides spaces for 6,000 vendors located on hundreds of acres.
It has become known by shoppers from all across Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma as THE place to buy home decor, furnishings, antiques, clothing, crafts, jewelry, gifts, and collectibles.
And it is a favorite of vendors, dealers, craftsmen and artists alike as the perfect venue to market their wares.
Potters Brown in Edom, Texas ... since 1971 ... created by artists Doug and Beth Brown
|The classic Edom Service Station
||Those eclectic purple doors in Edom!
|The Edom Historical Society Museum
||Lots to see and do in Edom!
Blueberry Hill Farms, Edom Texas ...
our favorite spot for picking Texas Blueberries in June of each year!
Visit the Blueberry Hill Farms web site