Galilee is six miles west of Tyler in western Smith County. Lake Placid is two miles to its east. The area, originally part of the huge Thomas Quevado land grant, was once known as Seven Leagues because of the grant's massive size. Settlement in the vicinity was slow because the land's owners, James, Benedict, and Mary McFaddin, kept it off the market until 1870. By 1903 the area was still sparsely inhabited. The 1936 county highway map, however, showed Galilee with two churches, a cemetery, and a school, which in the mid-1930s had three teachers and 117 black elementary school students. By 1952 the Galilee school and other local rural schools had been absorbed by the Noonday Independent School District, which later became part of the Bullard Independent School District. In 1966 Galilee consisted of a church, a cemetery, and a few scattered farms. In 1973 the settlement was identified as a church community. It was still shown on the 1981 county highway map. In 2000 the population was 150.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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150 2009 Local Officials