Mount Vernon Travel Guide

  • Mount Vernon
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  • Mount Vernon
    by keeweechic
  • Mount Vernon
    by keeweechic

Mount Vernon Things to Do

  • Historical Homes

    There were some 50 home or more built before World War I and many of these are marked with prominent signs which designate the year they were built and the names of the original owners. You can get tour maps and take a self-guided tour. There are over 20 official state historical markers.

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  • The Franklin County Public Library

    The Franklin County Public Library is housed in a restored turn-of-the-century bank on the downtown square. Built in 1913 after the original First National Bank building was destroyed by fire. The bank took up the first and second floors and a large room at the front of the building was used by a dentist office. The bank continued to use the...

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  • Historic Downtown

    Mt Vernon has the distinction of being the smallest city in Texas which has been approved as an official Texas Main Street City and the town is continually carrying our restoration. The downtown square surrounds the raised public plaza. The stagecoach stop was originally at the northeast corner of what is now Interstate 30 and State Highway 37 and...

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  • World War Memorial

    In the Plaza is a memorial to every soldier, sailor and marine in Franklin County who served in the world war. There is also a plaque below the memorial which states that the Plaza between 1878 and 1912 was the site of the first Franklin County Courthouse. After that time, the public plaza was established.

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  • The Old Jail Art Center

    The Old 1912 Jail is located just behind the county courthouse. There is a permanent collection on display of a renovated 1912 vintage county jail on the upper floor. There is also a cell block of historical interest. Prisoners were housed here until 1992 and the steel doors and bars over the windows are intact.

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  • Franklin County Historical Museum

    The Franklin County Historical Museum is located in the former City Hall which was built in 1940, The museum is just a block behind the downtown square. On the side of the building was the old fire station. This museum is one of only 13 museums holding eggs of extinct Carolina Parakeet; Heath Hen; Passenger Pigeon.They are open Tuesday and Thursday...

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  • Little Creek Park

    This little park is just across from the old jail… a little run down and in need of some TLC, it features volleyball courts and has facilities for tennis, baseball, soccer, basketball, and picnicking. There is also playground equipment and a swimming pool which is open Memorial Day through Labor Day.

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  • The Franklin County Arts Alliance

    The Arts Alliance acquired the old jail building in 1992 for the future of the museum. Restoration began in 1998. There are changing contemporary exhibits at the jail. Open Saturdays 10.30 – 3.00pm.

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  • First United Methodist Church

    The first congregation of this church was organised in 1855 but wasn’t moved to this present site until around 1875. The original building was constructed in 1896 but the present day brick church was not built until 1930. An official Texas Historical Marker has been put at this church. I certainly won’t forget this church in a hurry. I picked up...

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  • Syrup Press

    Also on the property of the old Railroad Depot is a syrup Press. There is also a mill and blacksmith shop. The museum also includes exhibits of local agricultural heritage.

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  • Log Cabin

    There is also a small 1890’s log cabin behind the railroad depot which has been moved onto the property. The cabin is built of hand hewn logs. It was originally moved to Cecil Martin farm in the 1930s before being donated by the descendants of the Martin family to the city.

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  • Mt Vernon Railroad Depot

    The old railroad depot was built in 1894. As part of the Cotton Belt, the last regular passenger service from Mt Vernon ended in 1956. Today the depot has been restored and features a model train exhibit; working telegraphy and railroading exhibits. There is also a 1902 Studebaker covered wagon. Inside the depot there are two waiting rooms where...

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  • Franklin County Historical Association

    The historical association is housed in the Majors-Parchman House. They feature a large collection of folk art of "yard longs" painted by local artists during the late 1800's and early 1900's.

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  • The Property

    On the property are small outbuildings comprising of a small barn, smokehouse, chicken coup and of course the necessary outhouse. There is also a 1868 log cabin which was moved to this location and where you can study log construction.

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  • The Majors-Parchman Farmstead

    The Majors-Parchman Farmstead is a 1883 Victorian farmstead at the corner of Kaufman and Tolbert. The property is now a museum which will give you an idea of a working farm around the 1880’s. The home also serves as headquarters for the Franklin County Historical Association.Open in connection with museum, Tuesday & Thursday 10-4, Saturday 1-3, or...

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  • The Gazebo

    This old wooden gazebo is the focal point of the Town Plaza and has been used for various events and activities throughout the years. Mt. Vernon became only one of a few towns statewide given the honour of being named a "Preserve America Community", a project was initiated by Mrs. Laura Bush

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  • Town Plaza

    The tree studded Town Plaza sits in the centre of the downtown square. Raised up several feet to really create a pedestal effect to the historic buildings that surround it.

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  • Franklin County Genealogical Society

    Right on the square in the 1894 Parchman-Meredith Store Building is the Franklin County Genealogical Society. It was established in 1997. Their room is open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturday 10am to 2pm. The research room is now online as well if you are searching for family background.

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Mount Vernon Restaurants

  • Cherry Tree Creamery & Deli

    The Cherry Tree Creamery & Deli is right on the square and opposite the town Plaza, the Cherry Tree offers Desserts, Ice Cream, Sandwiches and Deli, dine in or outside.

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  • Popular Place for Meetings

    Hubbards seems to be a popular place for local meetings, not just VT meetings. The menu is pretty extensive with a good choice catering for everyone, including the non-Texan type eater like me. I had a wonderful grilled chicken salad which was huge. The chicken was mouthwatering. I think Elaine had the pork with her favourite squash casserole on...

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  • Hubbards Restaurant

    This was the site of my first VT (mini) meeting with 'Oma14'. The restaurant had been recommended to her for good home cooking and it certainly didn't disappoint. They cater for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Mount Vernon Transportation

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    by keeweechic Written Oct 21, 2004

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    Mt Vernon is right on I-30 – approximately 100 miles East of Dallas. The neighbouring larger towns are Sulphur Springs 24 miles to the west and Mt Pleasant 16 miles to the East. Franklin County Airport is located just two miles northwest of Mount Vernon.

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Mount Vernon Shopping

  • Antique Shopping

    There are several antique stores on the square and also around Mt Vernon.This tip is currently under construction, I will be adding more information when I have time.

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  • The Country Trunk

    This is a lovely antique store right on the Square. They sell anything from gift items to old chests, bookcases, clocks, glass cabinets, pictures, silver, pewter and copperware and a lot more.

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  • Saucy Ladies

    This is a store specialising in sizes from petite to the much larger sizes (3X). The opened in 1999 and will order special items for. You can also call in for a free Seik Spa treatment. They carry custom purses, one of a kind, accessories, and gift items for the feminine lady. What a great title for a shop.Open 6 days a week, Mon- Sat 10am - 5pm

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Mount Vernon Local Customs

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    May – 1st Saturday – Downtown Flea Market

    October – 2nd Saturday - Countryfest

    December - 1st Saturday - Christmas Festival
    - 1st Sunday – Holiday Tour of Homes

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Mount Vernon Off The Beaten Path

  • Henry Clay Thruston House

    This 1868 home is right next to Dupree Park Nature Centre. The design is a noteworthy example of "dogtrot" style of architecture. The famous owner was Henry Clay Thruston who was noticeable at 7ft 7 ½ “ tall . He was known as the tallest soldier in the Confederate army and told stories of travelling with circus acts before returning to his family...

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  • Choctaw Trail

    The Ripley Massacre - Choctaw Trail is a state historical marker which designates this site of the last Indian massacre in the eastern region of Texas where 10 members of the Ripley family were killed by a vagabond band of Native Americans. The only survivors were 2 daughters and their father who fortunately were not home at the time. On April 10,...

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  • Old Bankhead Highway

    U.S. 67 is the Old Bankhead Highway and is also known as the "Broadway of America." This historic highway, back in 1922, was the principal transcontinental route for motor traffic across the United States from Washington, D.C. to San Diego.

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Mount Vernon Favorites

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    by keeweechic Written Jun 6, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The only reason I visited Mt Vernon was to meet VT member "Oma14" (Elaine) who was working at Mt Vernon at the time. She is the most delightful lady, a true Texan in all that entails... 'warmth' 'fun' and 'friendship'. We only had a couple of hours during her extended lunch break but we really got on great and it was a pleasure to meet her .. we continue to be friends.

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