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    City of Groves
    P.O. Box 846
    Groves, TX 77619
    Phone: 409-962-4471
    Fax: 409-962-0771
    Groves is a vibrant, family-oriented community. It offers all the amenities needed for the middle to upper class residents. Parks, libraries, recreation building with planned activities, sports facilities including churches of all denominations. Our schools are rated among the top in the state, offering high academics, arts, culture and technical skills. A regional airport is 8 minutes away. Groves is a very warm, friendly community; a community for individual friendships and social relations, but with family living in mind. You will find the qualities of courtesy and hospitality uppermost in all your contact with new friends.  
         

    History of Groves
    Groves is the third largest city in Jefferson County and is an incorporated city with a population of approximately 18,000. Groves had its beginning in 1886 when Sam Lee moved his family from Sabine Lake settlement in Port Arthur, into a house on 640 acres he had purchased.

    In 1919, Wiley Choate, then employed by Griffin Brothers Nursery, supervised the planting of 6,000 pecan trees that have made Groves one of the most beautiful communities in this area. These trees were set out in rows over a 385-acre tract.

    Several years later the land was sold to a Madison, Wisconsin, real estate syndicate which developed it into a residential subdivision. Asa B. Groves, representative of the syndicate, was the man for whom Groves was named.

    On December 7, 1952, approximately 7500 residents of Groves voted to incorporate as a township within the boundaries of Main Avenue, Highway 87, Hogaboom Road, and the Kansas City Southern Railway right-of-way. The City of Groves held their first official election on December 27, 1952.

    In the meantime, the area west of Main Avenue, known as "Wesgroves", was under threat of being annexed by Port Arthur. The annexation election was held on January 26, 1953, and was soundly defeated by Wesgroves voters. On February 28, 1953, Wesgroves voters went to the polls and voted to incorporate as a town. The first officials of the Town of Wesgroves were elected on April 7, 1953. On June 13, 1953, a merger election was held in Groves and in Wesgroves, and the two cities voted to unite. In compliance with Texas law, the smaller city assumed the name and governing body of the larger city.

    Groves’ land area is approximately 6 sq. miles, with Port Neches on the north boundary and Port Arthur on the south, east, and west.

    City Government
    Groves’ present government is based on a charter granted by the Texas Legislature. The City of Groves performs two basic functions—establishing the laws by which the city is governed and administering those laws. The City Council consists of a mayor and 4 council members. City Council meetings are open to the public and are held in the City Council Chambers at the Groves Municipal Building, 3947 Lincoln Avenue. Meetings are held on alternate Mondays at 7 p.m.

    Pecan Festival
    An annual Pecan Festival is held each year in September. This is a city-wide endeavor. A carnival, parade, flea market, and the crowning of a pecan queen attract up to 10,000 participants. The Texas Pecan Festival is a family-oriented, area-wide celebration with events for every member of the family. There is a vast array of activities to interest all hobbyists, sports enthusiasts, competitors, and homemakers.

    Last Full Weekend in September
    Pecan Beauty Pageant
    Food & Carnival
    Arts & Crafts Booths
    5K Pecan Run
    Tennis Tournament
    Archery Contest
    Mr. Nutt Legs Contest
    Cooking with Pecans Contest
    Pecan Toss Contest

     
    Nearby Attractions
    Attraction
    Distance
    Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation
    75
    Big Thicket National Park
    60
    Delta Downs Quarter Horse Races
    40
    Deep Sea Fishing
    22
    Sea Rim State Park
    35
    Galveston
    95
    NASA
    84
    Houston
    85
     
    Groves Parks
    Charles Lindenmayer Park (10.9 acres)
    Lions Park (8.9 acres)
    Wesgroves Park (9.6 acres)
    Wesgroves Adult Park (5.26 acres)
    Memorial Park (2.0 acres)
     

    Miscellaneous
    Groves Public Library,
    962-6281
    Open: M-Th 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    Small Animal Shelter, 962-4471, Ext. 158
    Senior Citizen Center, 963-1036