Setting Sun in Woods Cemetery  LbNA # 37259

Placed DateDec 27 2007
LocationYorktown, TX
Found By Pfetch
Last Found Apr 8 2010
Hike Distance?

Woods Cemetery is a little-known historical gem hidden in the rolling hills of DeWitt County, Texas. It is all that remains of the extinct community of Shiloh, Texas established in the early 1850's. A winding, oak-canopied dirt road leads to the final resting place of several individuals who were influential in shaping the early years of the Republic of Texas. Some were surviors of the Dawson Massacre of 1842, some were Texas Rangers and still others served in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War.

Aside from the historical importance of some of its tenents, Woods Cemetery is a natural beauty surrounded by ancient live oak trees, some well over 300 years old.

More information on the history of the area can be found at the following links:

From Yorktown, Texas travel ~3 miles NE on Hwy. 72 and make a left onto WOODS CEMETERY ROAD. This dirt road is at the top hill so take care when turning. Here you will also see a Historical Marker telling the history of the extinct town of Shiloh, Texas. (Wood Cemetery Road is ~7 miles S of the Hwy. 72/87 intersection near Cuero, Texas if you happend to be coming from that direction.)

DO NOT GET CONFUSED: There is also a WOODS ROAD very nearby... you do not want that one! You want WOODS CEMETERY ROAD.

Travel ~1 mile on the winding dirt road, enjoying the giant live oak trees and native plants. The road takes a hard right bend before ending at the entrance to Woods Cemetery

Here you can park and access the grounds by foot. Why not walk a while under the oaks and soak up the tranquility as you explore the historical gravestones at this beautiful spot. Cemeteries are places for remembrance, reflection and respect.

When you are ready, find the TWIN ABOVE GROUND CRYPTS of the WOODS FAMILY, fashioned out of rough hewn rock. Here you will find NORMAN and HENRY GONZALVO WOODS, who came to Texas as children in 1824 with their parents as part of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred. (Information on the once Texas Ranger can be found here: )

From the twin crypts, it is about a 40 pace walk to the CROSS of MARTIN SALAZAR. From the cross and traveling in the SAME DIRECTION, the letterbox is hidden ~55 paces away at the base of a very large Mustang Grape Vine. Do you notice all the creepy cobwebs? But such a beautiful tree!!
Please rehide well and let me know about your experience... this is my very 1st letterbox so I would love some feedback!!

Happy Hunting!!