Lumberton is a city in Hardin County, Texas, United States. The population was 11,943 at the 2010 census. Lumberton is home of the Village Creek State Park. It is part of the Beaumont–Port Arthur Metropolitan Statistical Area. The town was established as a stop on the Gulf, Beaumont and Kansas City Railway that was built through the area in 1894. Serving the local sawmills and lumber camps, the post office was established at Lumberton in 1909. In 1914, the post office was relocated to the Fletcher site nearby which was a major sawmill until the mid-1920s. After the closure of the sawmill at Fletcher, the area would remain populated and would become part of the City of Lumberton when it was incorporated in 1973.
Lumberton, Texas is the home of Village Creek State Park, which attracts tourists from all over the states of Texas and Louisiana. Canoeing, hiking, and bird watching are among the most popular activities in the park. Every April for the past 18 years the Village Creek Festival has been held in Lumberton. Arts, crafts, games, rides, food and music are always present at the three-day festival. The Miss Village Creek Pageant is also held at the festival.
Lumberton is served by the Lumberton Independent School District. In 2007, Lamar University opened an extension, called Lamar University-Lumberton, to provide lower level college classes to the residents of Lumberton and Hardin County. The athletic teams of Lumberton High School are known as the Raiders and compete in District 22-5A. The high school had an enrollment of 1,081 in 2008. Lumberton ISD as a whole had an enrollment of approximately 3,800 students at the end of the 2007-2008 school year.
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