Quitman is a city in Wood County, Texas, United States. The population was 2,030 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Wood County. It is most notable for being the birthplace of Academy Award winning actressSissy Spacek. Established in 1850, the city's slogan is "Come Grow With Us."
Quitman Town Square
Location of Quitman, Texas
|Coordinates: 32°47′46″N 95°26′40″W|
Quitman is located at (32.796026, -95.444501).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.8 km²).
The City of Quitman is served by the Quitman Independent School District, a AA school district. Recently, the school has produced a state championship in golf, UIL News Writing, Powerlifting, and received First Runner-Up at the 2011 State UIL One Act Play contest.
The Quitman Public Library is located at 202 East Goode Street one block east of the Wood County Courthouse. The library was formed in 1975 when a group of caring citizens gathered to study the need for a public library that would serve the City of Quitman and surrounding community. The Quitman City Council chartered the library in 1975. The library’s first building was in a frame house offered by the Liles family located at the corner of Main and Lane Streets near the courthouse square.
In August 1980, a financial drive began to purchase a larger building to house the many books that had been collected from donations. The community supported the drive and the former facility of the First National Bank, at 202 East Goode Street, Quitman TX was purchased. In early 1987, a local fund raising effort was started for additional space in the library to accommodate a children’s department, staff book processing area, and community meeting room. The library received several grants, and in October 1988, the Thurman Shamburger Wing was dedicated.
Today, the Quitman Public Library is fully staffed and houses a collection of nearly 30,000 items in a variety of formats; the library also houses the collection of the Wood County Genealogical Society. The library has an Advisory Board and active Friends of the Library group.
The Mayor of Quitman and the Quitman City Council are the governing body of the Quitman Public Library as it is a department of the City of Quitman.
The Quitman Public Library is in the heart of Quitman and Wood County.
Quitman serves as the home to many local businesses, most of which provide services to Wood County. Bank Texas, however, has spread its roots beyond county lines, and continues to grow throughout the East Texas area. Several locally-owned restaurants provide a "mom and pop" service to the town. Arguably, the most iconic Quitman restaurant is Peralta's Mexican Restaurant, which has become of beacon of Quitman food. Quitman is also the home to several cooperative businesses. Wood County Electric Cooperative, Inc. and Peoples Telephone Cooperative, Inc are both located in Quitman.
The Quitman Community Theatre, awarded by County Line Magazine as the Best Small Town Community Theatre in the Upper Eastside of Texas for five consecutive years, has provided the town with live productions since 2001. Each production takes place at the Carroll Green Civic Center, and on average, the theatre produces around three productions per year, including a musical.