named Lone Star, for some reason the name was changed in honor of Washington's
estate. The county was named after Benjamin Cromwell Franklin, the first Judge
in the Republic of Texas. |
County Courthouse Historical Marker
Mt. Vernon was established in 1849
on land donated by Stephen and Rebecca Keith, and a public square was surveyed
in the 24-acre plat. When Franklin County was created in 1875, Mt. vernon was
voted county seat, and a wooden building northeast of the square was used as the
first courthouse.... more
Mount Vernon Attractions
& Events includeFranklin
Franklin County Museum is at 111 South South Kaufman, next to the Chamber
and in the former City Hall. Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 to 4:00. Saturday
10:00 to 12:00.
Majors-Parchman Farmstead at the corner of Kaufman and Tolbert will give
you an idea of a working farm circa 1883. Open Tuesday and Thursday 10 to 4. Phone:
historic downtown district includes a gazebo and town square where one can
shop and eat at places that has been in business since the turn of the century.
The public library is located in a restored turn-of-the-century bank.
includes the Countryfest held the second Saturday in October.
Franklin County jail, now the Old Jail Arts Center|
Photo courtesy Barclay
Gibson, July 2002
Vernon Historic Church|
Photo courtesy Lori
Martin, Novembert 2005
1894 Mount Vernon Depot and Water Tower|
Photo courtesy Lori
Lake Cypress Springs
- 10 miles south on FM115 and FM21, offers fishing, water sports, camping and
lake is surrounded by public parks: Dogwood Park, Walleye Park, Overlook Park,
Mary King Park, and W. D. Guthrie Park. The Cypress Creek Country Club offers
a 9-hole golf course and a restaurant. Mount
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Mount Vernon Tourist
County Chamber of Commerce - 903-537-4365.
109 South Kaufman Street, Mount
Vernon, TX 75457.
A historic homes driving tour is available at the chamber.
Rebel by Mike Cox
The first time the Yankees soldiers saw Henry
Clay Thruston charging toward them through the clouds of black powder smoke they
must have rubbed their eyes in disbelief. This gray-clad Johnny Reb towered over
the other fighting men like a pine tree growing next to a bush... more
Vernon, home of the
tallest Civil War soldier (7'11", we have pictures!) His dogtrot style home
is still standing and is currently under renovation - just received a state grant
to turn it into a Visitor's Center. We have a wealth of refurbished Historic properties.
GREAT SITE!!! - T Wims 9/18/2000
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