Shepherds Valley

Shepherd's Valley was an early community on Four Notch Road near what is now the junction of Farm roads 2929 and 2296, seven miles southeast of Huntsville in Walker County. The settlement, established in the 1850s, was south of Phelps near the old Pine Valley community. Shepherd's Valley was probably named for Jacob H. Shepperd (or Shepherd), a soldier in the Texas Revolution who received a league of land in Walker County for his participation in the war. Shepperd's neighbors included Sam Houston and Henderson Yoakum. Yoakum wrote one of the earliest Anglo-American histories of the state while he lived in Shepherd's Valley. No evidence of the community remained in 1990.

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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