The history of this district is typical of many southern U.S. communities after the Civil War. Zion Hill was home primarily to service workers, including shop porters, servants, maids, cooks, and groundskeepers for affluent white families living on nearby Mound Street. One-story framed dwellings known as shotgun houses dominate the area. The Gothic Revival-style 1914 Zion Hill Baptist Church anchors the neighborhood, and the Oak Grove cemetery contains graves dating to 1837. The Center for East Texas Studies provides a website with more information.
Zion Hill Historic District