Homewood Suites by Hilton Denton
2907 Shoreline Drive, Denton, Texas, 76210, United States
More about Denton
903 W. Oak
Courthouse from the corner
safe-type door now to the museum office
Travel Tips for Denton
December Packing List
It is COLD in North Texas in the winter. Not that the temperature would be any indication, but the thing you need to watch out for in Denton is the wind chill. There is essentially nothing stopping the wind from blowing through town here, so if you are looking for a recommendation for your packing list on your way to Denton in December... pack heavy. Lots of warm layers, and long johns would not be a bad idea!
Oakwood Cemetery is one of the historic cemeteries of Denton County. It is located at the intersections of E. Prairie and Bradshaw streets. Note: There are a lot of cemeteries in Texas with Oak as part of the name. There is another Oakwood in Fort Worth.
From the historical marker:
"This cemetery was established soon after Denton was settled as the new seat of government for Denton County in 1857. Land for the community burial ground was donated by pioneer settler Hiram Cisco who had earlier conveyed property for the townsite. The earliest grave is that of Mrs. Wilson, who died during childbirth while traveling through the area in a covered wagon. Her newborn infant daughter died several days later and is also buried here. Other interments at this site include those of Jesse M. Blount (photo 5 is the tombstone of his wife), who helped plat the town of Denton and later served as county treasurer, judge and state senator; Col. Thomas Gynn Cosbey Davis, a cousin of Confederate president Jefferson Davis and a friend of U. S. president Abraham Lincoln; and many prominant early leaders of the town and county. Two interesting graves are those of George and Andrew Brown. On a change of venue from Montague County in 1879, they were convicted of murder and hanged in Denton. Their tombstones bear the inscription 'executed.' Officially named Oakwood Cemetery in 1931, this burial ground now serves as a historic reminder of the pioneers who first settled here and led in the development of the area."
I looked for the graves of George and Andrew Brown, but didn't find them. I did see a Woodsman of the World marker (in the shape of a tree), a cast iron cemetery cover and other interesting graves.
Texas Women's University
TWU first started off as a Girl's Industrial College back in 1902 but has now become the largest womens university in the United States. There are around 10,000 students enrolled here. Today the two universities make up half of the town's population
Old Main was the first building on the campus when it opened in 1903 and was once the centre of the whole university. The Greek Revival styled building took 8 months to construct and original equipment that was purchased included churns, ironing boards, typewriters, a scroll saw and a piano, among other items. All the early TWU activities used to take place in this building. There is a Winged Victory in the portico which is a replica of the original Nike of Samothrace in the Louvre in Paris.
Old Fashioned Courthouse Square
Most people have their Denton pages on the first one that comes up in the Search. But that Denton is near Abilene. This is the Denton that is near Dallas and has two Texas Universities.
One of the charms of Denton is the Oak-Hickory Historic District. You can drive up Oak and down Hickory and see many Victorians and other styles of historic homes, which have been restored and are being lived in and used.