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.
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
County Courthouse Historical Marker)
Texas Landmarks & Attractions
courtesy William Deneke, September 2014
County Museum is at 111 South South Kaufman, next to the Chamber
and in the former City Hall.
Farmstead at the corner of Kaufman and Tolbert will give
you an idea of a working farm circa 1883.
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
the Countryfest held the second Saturday in October.
"Remodeled in the 1950's. Burned down in 1970's."
- William Deneke
Photo courtesy William Deneke
More Texas Theatres
Lake Cypress Springs - 10 miles south on FM115 and FM21, offers
fishing, water sports, camping and golf.
The 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.
Vernon Hotels > Book Hotel Here
Mount Vernon Tourist Information
Franklin 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...
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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