The Wood County Arboretum is managed by the nonprofit, Friends of the Arboretum, Inc. FOA focuses much of its resources on maintaining the grounds of the Arboretum, building new gardens and attractions, and preserving the historic Stinson House. In addition, FOA has established a number of annual educational and cultural events and hopes to serve as a nucleus for community activities.
FOA is a 501(c)(3) corporation created in October 2007 whose sole purpose is to develop and maintain the Quitman Arboretum.
The Arboretum encompasses 23 acres that were originally wooded and unimproved with the exception of two negelcted walking trails and an historic pony truss bridge. Now, visitors can enjoy numerous flower and rose gardens including a sensory garden, a waterwise garden, a butterfly garden, and a succulent garden. The property includes a gazebo, a pergola and shade garden, a flagpole and honorarium for fallen soldiers, with benches and statuary throughout.
In October 2009, FOA acquired control of an abandoned but historic house immediately adjacent to the gardens--the Stinson House. Built in 1869 by James A. Stinson, the house originally sat 13 miles east of Quitman and was moved to its current location in 1968. The house is historic not only for its age but also because Stinson's daughter, Sara Ann or Sallie, married Jim Hogg, the first native born Texas governor, in the front parlor of the house. Once neglected and empty, the house has been filled with donated antiques, and volunteers have made critical repairs to maintain the integrity of the house and allow public access.
The purpose of FOA is to promote the interest and growth of the Arboretum through fundraising and a variety of community, educational, and social programs. We hope to see the Arboretum grow and prosper as a cultural and civic force, and as a contribution to Quitman and Wood County.
FOA Officers and Directors
President - Deanna Caldwell
Vice President -Lin Grado
Treasurer - Phil Young
FOA Board of Directors
FOA is grateful for all the support we have received from individuals, businesses, and the community at large over the years. We extend a special thanks to the following organizations and businesses for their ongoing support and sponsorship.
City of Quitman
G&S Sales, Inc.
J. Berry Nursery
Potts Feed Store
Quitman Development Corporation
Quitman Garden Club
Trans Canada/East Texas Community Foundation
Tree Town USA
Wood County Electric Cooperative
Wood County National Bank
Wood County Industrial Commission
Wood County Master Gardeners