Passed on to Future Generations
Ask any Panola County native about Prior’s Lake and more than likely you’ll need to pull up a chair, get comfortable, and be ready to hear memories about how the small body of fresh water impacted their life in some way. It might be a story about friends having fun swimming or grandparents meeting while listening to a fiddle player on the shoreline. It might even be how a family member accepted Christ and was baptized in Prior’s Lake.
Located in a forest off of F.M. 699, Prior’s Lake was built in 1909 on property owned by Wade Boren Prior. Wade Boren and his second wife Viola owned and lived on the property in an ornate Victorian house separated from the lake by a forest. It is speculated that Wade Boren might have used money that he earned while working in the West Texas oil field to have the lake built.