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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Identify historical markers in Henderson County

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2nd Sat of the month: Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

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Southwest Walking Horse S...

Oct 28 2016

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Athens Farmers Market - 2...

Oct 29 2016

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Cain Center Annual Coat a...

Nov 5 2016

The Cain Center is hosting its county-wide Garage and Coat Sale, one day only, on November 5.

The hotel now known as America's Best Value Inn opened on the day that JFK was assassinated.

The Bush-Wofford home at the East Texas Arboretum was one of the first homes in Henderson County

Two State Record Largemouth Bass were caught within ten miles of Athens.