Welcome to Athens...
...where historic brick storefronts and a beautiful courthouse speak of the history of this East Texas county seat. The square is still the hub of activity with businesses surrounding the courthouse, just as they did in the early years. Fall brings a harvest of color with pumpkins, gourds, pine straw and a variety of mums. The town has an array of lights and decorations during the yuletide season. Athens has the aura of a small town yet is close enough to enjoy the offerings of big cities like Tyler, only 35 miles to the east, and Dallas, just 75 miles to the northwest.
Athens is surrounded by a number of lakes making it a boater's and fisherman's paradise. The East Texas Arboretum delights nature lovers and hikers while the Texas Freshwater Fisheries boasts 300,000 gallons of aquaria along with other exhibits at the fresh water fishing museum. Henderson County Performing Arts Center provides a series of plays, and the Henderson County Fair Complex hosts an equestrian event. The Trinity Valley Community College campus offers a wide range of continuing education programs, an Olympic size swimming pool, a fitness facility and a multipurpose facility for meetings or events at the Cain Center.
Athens "Home of the Original Hamburger" celebrates Fletcher Davis introducing the hamburger at the 1904 World's Fair with a festival in June. A fiddlers contest, begun in 1932, is held on the square the last Friday in May. Athens' community calendar presents something for all to enjoy during the year whether you're a resident or a visitor.
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Athens ... a historic retirement destination.