Village of Grogan’s Mill
Grogan’s Mill Village was the first village in The Woodlands, opening in 1974. The village was named after the Grogan-Cochran Lumber Company, which had previously operated on the land since 1917. Despite experiencing reduced profits during the Great Depression, the company continued to cut and ship timber in the area until the 1950s. In 1964, George Mitchell purchased 2,800 acres of land from the company with the vision of creating a planned community.
The village officially opened with a flag-raising ceremony and a guest appearance by William Shatner, famous for his role as Captain Kirk in Star Trek, on October 19, 1974. At that time, The Woodlands consisted of a few families living in Settlers Corner, a conference center and country club, the Information Center, the Wharf shopping area, 19 model homes, 50 apartments, three office buildings, and several recreation amenities, all located in Grogan’s Mill Village. Today, there are around 5,195 homes and 13,500 residents in the Village of Grogan’s Mill, which also includes The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center, three golf courses, and several other recreation amenities.
Grogan’s Mill Village is bordered by The Woodlands Town Center to the north, Interstate 45 to the east, Spring to the south, and the Village of Panther Creek to the west along the eastern shore of Lake Woodlands and East Shore. While dining options in Grogan’s Mill Village are limited to a few venues in a nearby shopping center, there are several other restaurants on Sawdust Road out to I-45, which can be easily mistaken for being within The Woodlands Township due to their proximity to Grogan’s Mill.