Silerton


Silerton, the smallest incorporated town in Hardman County, is located in the northeastern portion of the county amid beautiful, rolling hills. It is governed by a mayor and board of four aldermen elected every four years. The town has a population of 102 residents.

Silerton is well-known for its “old-fashioned” Fourth of July Celebration, with homemade ice cream, box lunches and an annual parade and fire works display attended by hundreds of county residents, as well as a Children’s Christmas Parade on the second Saturday in December.

History

Jesse, Spencer, James and Horace Siler, sons of Solomon Siler, and James, John, Josiah and Edward, sons of James Siler — all from Siler City, North Carolina — purchased land in the Silerton area in 1869. There they raised large families whose descendents are still residents of the area. A frame home built by one of the original Siler brothers in the late 1800’s is still used as a residence.

As with many towns of that era, when the Gulf, Mobile and Northern Railroad came through their area in about 1917, homes and businesses began to spring up close to the depot. The depot was named Silers, reportedly because a Siler owned the store, the town doctor was a Siler and a Siler owned the land where it was built. It was later changed to Silerton due to the similarity to the community of Serles just 15 miles down the track. Because of its location to the railroad and the densely forested hills surrounding, Silerton grew into a thriving a center for timber trade. Thousands of board feet of lumber and crossties were shipped all over the country. Six stores, a depot, a gristmill, a post office, two churches and a school were located in Silerton in its boom time.

Upcoming Events

February 12, 2024

Meeting Notice

Solid Waste committee will meet on Monday, February 12, 2024 at 6 p.m. at the UT Extension building.

February 20, 2024

Meeting Notice

Law Enforcement Committee Meeting scheduled Tuesday, February 20th, 5:30 p.m., Hardeman County Courthouse, Conference Room, 2nd Floor.

February 20, 2024

Meeting Notice

Hardeman County Commissioners will meet 7 p.m. on February 20, 2024, at the Hardeman County Courthouse, 2nd floor, 100 N. Main St., Bolivar. Public is invited to attend.

February 22, 2023

Meeting Notice

Audit Committee will meet Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 5 p.m. in the courthouse conference room.