About Edom Texas
Organized in 1852
Edom is located at the crossing of Farm to Market Roads 279, 314, and 2339, and is sixteen miles southeast of Canton, in southeast Van Zandt County. It is the third oldest town in the county, and was first established several miles from its present site in 1849, and was organized as a post office called Hamburg in 1852.
In 1855, the post office moved one mile south of the present townsite. There, it was renamed Edom for the name given to Esau in the book of Genesis. Local saloons filled with lumberjacks, freighters, and traders as the community became a stopover on the Porter’s Bluff and Tyler Road. Later on, the town was moved again to its present location. By 1860 it had a Baptist church, a Methodist church, a hotel, a Masonic lodge, a sawmill, a tan yard, a wagon factory, and a boot, shoe, and saddle shop.
A Rich History
The Edom schools, which opened in 1866 with children of former Indian captive Cynthia Ann Parker in attendance, enrolled 130 pupils in 1904. By 1876 a Grange was formed, and local farmers responded to worsening 1880s farm prices by forming a chapter of the Farmers’ Alliance at nearby Red Hill on November 20, 1885. By 1914 the town had a cotton gin and four general stores. Railroad service failed to reach Edom, yet its population grew from 150 in the 1890s to between 200 and 300, where it remained from the 1920s to the present. Edom was an independent school district until 1966, when it was consolidated with Van.
A Community of Artisans
In the 1960s, Artisans in pottery, silver jewelry, glassware, macrame, and leather crafts, settled in the town. In 1972, the annual Edom Art Festival began and has continues today.
The community was incorporated in 1966 with 300 residents but lost its post office in 1976. In 1988 Edom had three businesses, the frontier Red Hill cemetery at or near the townsite, and an estimated 277 inhabitants. In 2017, the population was 395.