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Welcome to Athens

Home of the original hamburger

80 fun years!

The Fiddler on the Square

On the square

Henderson County Courthouse

welcome to our backyard

Are you growing tired of the hustle and bustle of today's work a day world - spending hours each week sitting in your car just trying to get to work to spend all day staring at the same laptop screen, catapulting yourself towards carpal tunnel and old age? Well, you're not alone! And lucky for you, the folks of Athens, TX have just the cure!

Athens has the charm of a small southern town while still retaining many of the qualities of a larger city. It's only a short drive from Dallas making it the perfect getaway for the casual traveler and outdoor enthusiasts alike who consider the surrounding countryside and lakes the perfect playground for their outdoor activities.

While progress is evident everywhere, Athens embraces its heritage and celebrates its colorful past. Athens is nationally acknowledged as "The Home of Original Hamburger" and is also home to the Annual Texas Fiddlers Contest and Reunion, the oldest such event in the U.S.

When you're ready to leave bright lights and honking horns behind, come to Athens and enjoy the fireflies and crickets - for a weekend, or longer.

Visit the East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society

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Read about Athens, TX and the Black Eye Pea

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Fresh produce every Saturday during Market Season!

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TBRA Barrel Race, 2nd Ann...

May 27 2016

A 3-day Texas Barrel Racing Association event with exciting action!

Athens Old Fiddlers Conte...

May 27 2016

The Athens Old Fiddlers Reunion is an annual event for lovers of fiddle music.

Fire It Up Productions - ...

Jun 4 2016

A two-day team roping event with free admission! Come on out to the Henderson County Regional Fair Park Comple...

President George W. Bush owned a weekend home in Athens while serving as Texas Governor

Athens is considered to be the Home of the ORIGINAL Hamburger.

Since early Egyptian times, black-eyed peas have been eaten for good luck.