Carthage, Texas is the county seat of Panola County, TX and home to about 6,800 residents. It was founded in 1848 when the Texas legislature wanted a new county seat for Panola County that was located closer to the geographic center of the county. The land for this new county seat was eventually donated by a man named Jonathan Anderson and the new town was named after the city of Carthage, Mississippi.
Carthage is now best known as the home of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. This Hall of Fame was built to commemorate Texans who made an impact on the country music scene. As a result, Carthage receives thousands of visitors each year who come to tour this shrine to country music. The city of Carthage also presents two notable events during the year - the East Texas Oil & Gas Blast and The Piney Woods Quilt Festival. Other notable sites to see while in Carthage include the Tex Ritter Museum, the Jim Reeves Memorial, the Old Panola County Jail Museum and beautiful Anderson Park.