It has some amazing stories to tell!
You know The Woodlands is a great place to live with a lot of character and community, but do you know anything about its history? Well, you’re about to find out! First, feel free to scroll through their embedded “History Timeline” available at TheWoodlandsTX.com for a quick glance of what has happened over the years. It’s pretty nifty, right?
The Woodlands is a relatively new town, and was officially dedicated in 1974 by George P. Mitchell, a Texas oil and energy businessman. It is unique in that it was a master planned community from the start. Initially, the town was managed by The Woodlands Corporation, an extension of Mitchell Energy & Development. Mitchell Energy created the planned township of The Woodlands in response to the growth in Houston. The Woodlands started out as a “bedroom community,” meaning most people lived and slept here, but worked somewhere else. In recent years this has begun to shift as more and more businesses are locating themselves here.
Originally, Mitchell Energy expected The Woodlands to become incorporated into Houston at some point in time. Once The Woodlands was here and people were living in it, however, local residents did not want to be annexed into Houston. In 2007 the state legislature bodies passed bills that allowed The Woodlands to charge sales tax and incorporate as its own municipality.
The Woodlands, TX has experienced rapid growth in recent decades. In 1980, six years after being founded, about 11,000 people lived here. By 1990, the town had nearly 30,000 residents. As of 2010, there were over 90,000 and it continues to grow today with over 100,000 residents now calling our area home.
The Woodlands is known as a nice place to live with many entertainment options. It boasts over one-hundred-fifty restaurants, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion which is the summer home of the Houston Symphony, The Woodlands Mall, Lake Woodlands complete with waterway taxis, Market Street, and more.
For more information on the history of The Woodlands, visit The Texas State Historical Association and The Woodlands Wikipedia page. If you have any further questions about the area, or about buying or selling real estate locally, do not hesitate to contact me!