Cartwright, Nathanael Hardin County Winner

Photo taken by Nathanael Cartwright of the Horse & Rider 4-H Club

Hardin County-Gateway to the Big Thicket

Hardin County, named in honor of the Hardin Family of Liberty was established in 1853 from sections of Liberty and Jefferson Counties.  The logging town of Kountze has been the county seat since 1886.

Hardin County’s Texas A&M AgriLife Extension services offers a variety of educational outreach services including programs such as 4-H and youth education; health and nutrition education; and Ag and natural resources programs.

Our office is located at the Hardin County Annex; right across the street from the courthouse at 440 West Monroe, Kountze, TX 77625.  Our phone number is (409) 246-5128, and we are open Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office is closed from 12-1 p.m. for lunch & Fridays 7 a.m.-noon.

Recreation in Hardin County includes hiking through the Big Thicket, fishing along Village Creek and touring historical treasures.  There are also ample opportunities for hunting and fishing.

The 4-H program in Hardin County offers a variety of activities for youth who are in the third grade through 19 years of age.  The Hardin County Youth Project Show is in October.  Click on the 4-H tab for newsletters and links to state 4-H website.

The County is fairly diversified agriculturally with producers in beef cattle, hay production, row crops, nurseries and hunting leases.  Hardin County also has the largest Blueberry production in the area.

It is Hardin County’s Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services goal to provide quality research-based information, educational programs and technical assistance to the people of Hardin County.

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