Location of Gilmer, Texas
Gilmer is a town in and the county seat of Upshur County, Texas, United States. It is best known for being the home of the East Texas Yamboree, as well as the birthplace of popular music singers Don Henley of the Eaglesband, and Johnny Mathis, as well as blues musician Freddie King. The population was 4,905 at the 2010 census. The town's namesake is a former United States Secretary of the Navy, Thomas Walker Gilmer.
Gilmer is served by the Gilmer Independent School District.
Gilmer is mentioned in the Michelle Shocked song "Memories of East Texas" on her album Short Sharp Shocked.
Gilmer is also the setting for the paranormal romance series, "Vampire and Owl" by Olivia Leighton