Liberty is a city in the U.S. state of Texas, within Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Landmetropolitan area. The population was 8,397 at the 2010 census. It serves as the seat ofLiberty County.
Liberty is the third oldest city in the state—established in 1831 on the banks of the Trinity River. The city also has a twin of the Liberty Bell from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Its area code is 936 and its ZIP code is 77575.
Location of Liberty, Texas
|Coordinates: 30°3′27″N 94°47′48″W|
The 43,000 volume Liberty Municipal Library is located in the Geraldine D. Humphreys Cultural Center in Liberty. The Geraldine D. Humphreys Cultural Center, including the Humphreys-Burson Theatre which is home to the Valley Players theatrical company, was renovated in a major multi-million dollar remodeling completed in 2010. The project has doubled the size of the municipal library serving Liberty, Texas and southeastern Liberty County.
The Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, operated by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission is located 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Liberty in an unincorporated area. Judge and Mrs. Price Daniel donated 114 acres of land for the purpose of establishing a library on September 27, 1973. Construction began in the fall of 1975; by then $700,000 had been raised through private donations. The library opened on May 14, 1977.Archives and displays show development of region, artifacts, furniture, Jean Lafitte's journals, and 1826 census. It also contains the Texana collection of former Governor Price Daniel.
The Park Theater was constructed and opened in 1938. This movie house entertained people for years before closing its doors. The theatre sat idle, then in 1993, the Cox family purchased the theatre and re-furbished the building, re-opening it as The Liberty Opry; a live, Branson-style musical entertainment venue. The theatre seats 400 and has a building adjoined to the theatre with restroom facilities, an office, dressing rooms to accommodate the entertainers who perform there, and a concession area, which seats 80. Although the owners have changed over the years, The Liberty Opry continues to operate today with weekly shows ranging from Country to Gospel to Rock & Roll every Saturday night under the direction of Jay Cantu at 7:00 pm. The Theatre and facilities are also available for private events.
The Geraldine D. Humphreys Cultural Center, a 23,000 square feet (2,100 m2) municipal facility, houses the Liberty Municipal Library and the 153 seat Humphreys-Burson Theatre. The Geraldine D. Humphreys Cultural Center opened and was dedicated on October 18, 1970. The Geraldine D. Humphrey's Cultural Center has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation project completed in 2010, including renovation of the Humphreys-Burson Theater adding new seating, expanded storage space and new carpeting.