Granbury Travel Guide

  • Granbury Depot
    Granbury Depot
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    Granbury Historic District
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Granbury Things to Do

  • Candlelight Christmas Tour

    We rang in the holiday season at Granbury's Candlelight Tour of wonderful old houses in early December. Since it was the tour's 25th year, twenty five historic residences and buildings were open to the public. Twinkle lights, big red bows, ornamented trees and guides in period costumes welcomed us on the tour. Entertainment of all types was...

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  • Learn About Mary Lou Watkins

    Mary Lou Watkins is a descendant of the Nutt Brothers, who helped found the town of Granbury, and was a key part of the fight to preserve the history of the town and ensure this history received proper recognition. The efforts she led resulted in the Granbury Town Square becoming the first one in Texas listed on the National Register of Historic...

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  • Civil War Memorial

    There is a very nice Civil War Memorial located on the courthouse grounds. This one uses the common standing soldier motif and is dedicated to Brigadier General H. B. Granbury (for whom the town is named) and his soldiers.

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  • Nutt House Hotel

    This very interesting building of native stone was built by local contractor Jim Warren in 1893, for two blind brothers Jesse and Jacob Nutt. The Nutt Brothers were instrumental in the establishment of Granbury and its selection as the county seat of Hood County. They used this building as a grocery until 1919 when it became the "Nutt House Hotel"...

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  • Nutt Home

    This home was constructed in 1879, plantation style, using cypress wood brought from East Texas via ox cart. The home was completed for David Lee Nutt who donated 40 acres for the original town site. The home was used as Hood County's first hotel and was nicknamed "The Nutt House". It was reconverted to a home in 1900. It is currently The Bridge...

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  • Haynes-Burns-Ewell Building

    This nice native stone building was the early site of the U. S. Post Office Building in Granbury. It was completed in the 1870s by Postmaster James C. Haynes, later used by postmaster Thomas A. Burns, then sold to Thomas T. Ewell a newspaperman who published an early history of Granbury. It is part of the Granbury Historic District, and is located...

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  • Granbury Depot

    As in many towns in Texas the development of Granbury was closely tied to the railroad. The first depot in Granbury was opened in 1887 when the railroad first arrived here. It was replaced in 1914 by this beautiful example of 20th-Century Texas rural stations. The station has been restored to its 1914 splendor and is open for tours. Hours are 12 PM...

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  • Glenn Brothers Building

    This building was built in 1885 by James Farr, and was sold in 1889 to the four Glenn Brothers who opened a grocery here in addition to their various other business interests. This building and the others nearby were repaired in 1891 after a fire and given the current Victorian Commercial style details. It is part of the Granbury Historic District,...

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  • First National Bank

    This Victorian Commercial style building was completed in 1883 and opened as a private bank the same year. In 1887, the bank became the First National Bank. It is part of the Granbury Historic District, and is located on the historic town square.

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  • First Christian Church Building

    This building housed the First Christian Church from its completion in 1889 until a new building was built in 1986. The building was then moved to this site for use as a concert hall for the Tarleton State University.

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  • Bush-Morgan-Cherry Building

    This building (the white one on the left), built in 1881, has been associated with a virtual who's who of Granbury businessmen and politicians. First, F. C. Bush (the city secretary and tax collector) ran a dry good store here; then for the next 72 years, the building was a drug store run by prominent physician Eugene H. Morgan and later, William...

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  • Baker-Doyle Building

    This High Victorian Italianate style building was completed in 1882 as a dry goods store for John D. Baker and James H. Doyle. After Baker moved to Weatherford, Doyle became the sole owner of the building. Later occupants were a bank, doctors, dentists, and grocers. It is part of the Granbury Historic District, and is located on the historic town...

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Granbury Hotels

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  • Best Western Granbury Inn

    1517 North Plaza Drive, Granbury, TX, 76048

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hilton Garden Inn Granbury

    635 Pearl Street, Granbury, Texas, 76048, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Comfort Suites Granbury

    903 Harbor Lakes Drive, Granbury, Texas, 76048, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Granbury Restaurants

  • Good Smokehouse Great Atmosphere

    $19 as of July 2012. The Brazos Smokehouse is located in an historic building on the town square in the center of downtown. They have attempted to preserve the old atmosphere with the deep wood grains and the shiny hardwood floors. The menu is fairly varied and has prime rib, burgers, sandwiches and barbecue. They also have a kid's menu and a few...

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  • Great Food; Nice Atmosphere

    $14 as of July 2012. Back in 1989 two guys decided to open a restaurant called Cotton Patch Cafe in the town of Nacogdoches, Texas. They tried to create an imaginative and varied menu with good grilled items and a friendly atmosphere. Today they have 41 restaurants in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. I stopped in the one in Granbury because it was...

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  • Warm up on the Square!

    The atmosphere was fun and the steamer was delicious. My friends had coffees and hot chocolates that they enjoyed very much. They all had yummy whipped cream on the top! I highly recommend it as a great place to warm up and rest while shopping around the square. I had the Caramel Hot Angel, which was a steamer... (hot milk). It was very yummy!!

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  • For Sweet or Savory

    Our thoughts turn to ice cream on hot summer days and that's exactly what prompted us to stop by Nutshell Eatery, Bakery and Creamery on one visit to Granbury.Tempting bakery items sat behind a glass case, while a mural depicting 19th century life overlooked the small dining area. My husband and grandson opted for ice cream cones, while I just...

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  • An ice cream parlor with pizzaz!

    Rinky Tinks captures the 50's so well- Elvis posters and Marilyn Monroe photos decorate the walls, oldies music blares from the jukebox and an old-time ice cream counter welcomes each and every customer!After ordering my usual calorie laden treat...a chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream cone, I settled into my chair and just took in my...

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  • Sweet Little Tearoom/Gift and Antique...

    The Merry Heart is so called after the scripture from Proverbs 15:15--"A merry heart hath a continual feast."Not only was this a tearoom (pic#3), but also an antique and gift store (pic #2). As my husband and I thought about what to order I noticed the colorful floral tablecloths, ivy covered arbor, the presence of antique accessories, pastel pink...

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Granbury Nightlife

  • Wine, Food, and History

    The Eighteen Ninety Restaurant and Lounge is located in an historic building on the Granbusy Town Square bulit in (can you guess?) 1890! They serve food but I came here to check out the lounge and to have a glass of wine. You can get a glass of wine or buy a bottle (including a Silver Oak 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon for $123). I settled for a nice...

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  • Get a little culture in Granbury!

    The opera house was a very fun experience. They seem to have a good variety of plays. We went to see Driving Miss Daisy and the acting was very good and the play was funny. The opera house was a bit cold, though! Make sure to take your jacket! Ticket prices range from $16 to $24, so a pretty good deal for a little culture. I recommend it as a fun...

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  • All Original Productions

    The theatre and shows are hugely popular, all the concerts are original productions and are choreographed to live music of the rock'n'roll era. Apparently a standing ovation has followed every performance since its opening in 1999.

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Granbury Transportation

  • Getting to Granbury

    From Dallas : Take 67 to I-20 West to 377 to Granbury. You can follow the Business Historic District Route into the Granbury Historic Square. About 84 miles. From Fort Worth : Take I-30 West through Fort Worth to Loop 820. Then go south to US 377 (through Benbrook) and turn right (south) to Granbury. Follow Historic/Business District signs to...

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  • The Granbury Rose

    The Granbury Rose is a lovely new double-decker paddle wheeler. You can take a variety of 2 hour cruises - Sunset, scenic, breakfast brunch and murder mystery cruises on Lake Granbury. The cruises operate Thursday through to Sunday. Reservations are required.The paddle wheeler departs from the Bridge Harbour Marina at the intersection of Hwy 377...

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Granbury Shopping

  • Home Decor With A Texas Flavor And More

    According to the walking tour guide, the WAGON YARD was once used to stable horses for those who wished to shop or conduct business in downtown Granbury. It's located behind the Nutt House and was used when the Nutt brothers built their first log cabin in 1866, which they established as a store.The WAGON YARD today houses brass beds, country...

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  • Something For Everyone!

    The Downtown Store is packed with items just begging to be taken off the shelf! In fact, the store motto is SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.Our grandson enjoys stopping here to check out their toy section. On his most recent visit, he purchased a little toy cap gun and extra caps. Aside from toys, you'll find glassware, souvenir t-shirts, mugs emblazoned...

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  • Western and Rustic

    Dakota's Kabin carries OLD WEST decor, but also clothing and gift items in a rustic setting.We were looking for old West paraphenalia for a guest room, so we spied some accessories to spark up this room. We paid a little more than we expected, but there's nothing like a unique piece to add something special to a room.T-shirts, Western style purses,...

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Granbury Local Customs

  • Meet A Very Determined Woman...

    This lovely lady is Mary Lou Watkins (1917-2001),who singlehandedly fought to have Granbury's town square preserved, then listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For that effort, she is duly honored on grounds near the Hood County Courthouse.I only wish I had taken this photo earlier, when the statue was NOT in the shade. Watkins was a...

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  • Hood County Named for General

    Granbury sits within Hood County, named for General John Bell Hood who led "Hood's Texas" the most renowned Confederate Brigade in the Civil War. This photo was respectfully displayed at the Old 1885 Hood County Jail museum. FYI: John B.Hood was born in Kentucky and was a West Point Graduate. He adopted the Lone Star State when he served in the...

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  • Is it Granbury or Granberry?

    Mystery surrounds the spelling of the town's namesake, H.B. Granbury. His name originally was spelled Granberry, but as he matured H.B. changed it to Granbury. In fact, his headstone residing at the Old Granbury Jail reads Granberry.Nautie Granberry Moss, H.B's sister, was interviewed at the time of his reinternment in 1893 at the Granbury...

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Granbury Tourist Traps

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    by keeweechic Written Oct 29, 2003

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    When you drive into the Granbury cemetery, take the road immediately on the right (not straight ahead like I did), this way you will see the signs pointing to Jesse James grave and not have to drive around the whole cemetery trying to find it.

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Granbury Off The Beaten Path

  • Acton Historic Site and Cemetery

    To reach Acton, we had to take State Farm road 4 and wind through the countryside a few miles until reaching the cemetery. It was a beautiful Fall day! We parked, then respectfully walked through the cemetery to Elizabeth Crockett's grave, where a father and his two children were examining the gravesite. The fenced area surrounding Elizabeth...

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  • Acton, Texas

    Acton is a small, out of the way town located near Granbury, that has something to boast of, too--its the oldest settlement in Hood County and it has a connection to Davy Crockett of Alamo fame. (see Acton cemetery tip)But, first things first. Acton was settled in the 1850's and the *Comanche Peak Post Office was established in 1856. By 1855 a...

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  • The Overlook

    The Overlook provides a great view of the De Cordova Bend Dam was named after A.L. Brooks Jr, a member of the Brazos River Authority's Board of Directors. He was a strong proponent and spokesman in the efforts for development and conservation of the water surface resources.

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