Mount Vernon Food and Wine Festival
The Premier Wine Event in Northeast Texas
4th Weekend in October

 Mount Vernon is a First Lady's
Texas Treasure!

One of only 9 Texas Cities to be named a 'Texas Treasures' City by Texas' First Lady Anita Perry, Mount Vernon remains committed to a culture of
preservation, heritage tourism, and livability!

Visit us soon and discover for yourself the charms of an 'earlier' Texas!

Come Explore the Nature of an Earlier Texas!
Mount Vernon / Franklin County
located in Northeast Texas

We are located in the northeast corner of Texas, halfway between Dallas and Texarkana and I-30 runs within our City Limits. We have all the ingredients for the perfect ‘getaway’ – motels, relaxing B&B’s, Historic homes just a stroll away from a picture-postcard downtown; an active arts community; and birding and nature tourism galore!

Drive the ancient, marked Indian Trails or visit the restored home of the tallest Confederate soldier in the Civil War – Col. Henry Clay Thruston. Or you might want to visit the ‘Don Meredith Sports Memorabilia’ Exhibit at the Old Fire Station Museum – sports items donated by Mount Vernon’s own Don Meredith, former Dallas Cowboy quarterback and host of Monday Night Football. Also in the Old Fire Station Museum, the Nations Bird Egg Exhibit houses an exquisite, Smithsonian - quality bird egg collection.

Or kick back and relax at beautiful pine-tree lined Lake Cypress Springs – just 8 miles south of Mount Vernon! TWICE named the “Most Beautiful Lake in Texas” by D Magazine! Your perfect weekend is waiting for you! 


*First Lady's Inaugural 'Texas Treasure' City

*Preserve America City

*National Main Street City
*Texas Historical Commission Main Street City

*Visionaries in Preservation City

*Certified Local Government

*Heritage Trails / Forest Trail Region Partner

*Texas Department of Agriculture 'Go Texan' City
*Certified Farmers' Market

*Certified Retirement Community

*Keep Texas Beautiful City

Fire Station Museum

Housed in a 1940 WPA-financed firestation, the museum is home to permanent as well as changing exhibits. Of note is the Don Meredith Memorabilia Exhibit, donated by Mount Vernon native and former Dallas Cowboy Quarterback Don Meredith. Memorabilia includes Monday Night Football  Sports Jacket; Ring of Honor, extensive career and family photographs, and Cowboy Football Jersey.

Seasoned ornithologists as well as the 'backyard-birder' will want to visit the Nations Bird Egg Exhibit, which is also located in the structure. It is one of only 13 museums in existence holding eggs of the extinct Carolina Parakeet, Heath Hen, and Passenger Pigeon.

This quality attraction is housed in state of the art exhibit materials specially selected to preserve the integrity of the eggs.

Located 1 block south of downtown Mount Vernon on Kaufman Street.

Bankhead Highway Visitors Center

Historic home of Col. Henry Clay Thruston who, at seven feet seven and one half inches tall, was the tallest soldier in the Civil War.

The two story dogtrot-style home was meticulously restored using TXDOT enhancements funds and local funds.

The home is on the historic Bankhead Highway, an early transcontinental route from San Diego to Washington DC (1919). 

Located 0.2 miles west of TX Hwy. 37.

Dupree Park Nature Center

This 57 acre nature preserve with primitive, winding walking trails is situated adjacent to the Bankhead Highway Visitors Center, restored home of the Tallest Soldier in the Civil War.

The nature trail is marked by 65 signposts and printed guide to flora and fauna. A nature and bird  lovers' delight, the parks also boasts a pavilion for reunions, parties, etc. 

Located .02 miles west of TX Hwy. 37. Open dawn to dusk.

West End Nature Preserve

Located just south of Interstate 30, West End Nature Preserve is situated on the west side of Lake Cypress Springs. Pristine and primitive, the Preserve is comprised of 455 acres with a 1.2 mile marked nature trail that meanders into deep forest. Its entry is on the west side of Highway 37, 10 miles south of the City of Mount Vernon just north of the main bridge over Cypress Creek.

Parchman House Living History Center

Circa 1883 farmhouse with authentic architecture, original outbuildings, and land now enclosed by City. Picnic tables available. 701 S. Kaufman. Owned and maintained by Franklin County Historical Association.

Old Depot Museum

Restored 1894 Cotton Belt Depot Museum features model train exhibit and working telegraphy and railroading exhibits. Also on display is an 1898 Studebaker covered wagon.

The museum is meticulously restored and features Depot 'waiting room' and freight room.

It is often used for meetings, seminars, and parties as well.

Located 1 block south of downtown Mount Vernon on Kaufman Street.   

Cultural Arts Center

The newly remodeled Cultural Arts Center opened its doors for artists' conferences, workshops, music venues, and shows in 2006. Pottery shows, juried art shows, etc. are standard fare for this lovely facility.  

The structure boasts new kitchen, performance stage, and beautiful outdoor Courtyard complete with 'water wall.'

Located 1 block west of  Downtown Mount Vernon.

Old Jail Art Museum

Housed in a circa 1912 jail, the Old Jail Art Museum has changing art exhibitions as well as a permanent collection on display on the upper floor of the structure.

Adding to the visual interest at the museum, original prison 'cells' house soft sculpture 'prisoners.'

Located north of Franklin County Courthouse, Kaufman Street, downtown Mount Vernon.

Franklin County Courthouse

Franklin County Courthouse is a cornerstone of downtown Mount Vernon.

Built in 1912, the classic revival white limestone structure has presided over generations of Mount Vernon natives and transplants alike. It is a working structure and continues to be home to many Franklin County offices.

With a district Courtroom to rival any early Texas movie set, it continues to host the famous and infamous in local trials.

Located on the north side of the Square, downtown Mount Vernon.

photo courtesy of Jack Cook 

Franklin County Genealogy Society

Housed in the historic 1894 Parchman-Meredith Store building, the society attracts many genealogy enthusiasts. Houses exhibits on county history, regional archives, and trained research assistants. 

Mount Vernon Music

Mount Vernon Music is located in a beautifully restored, historic church located near downtown Mount Vernon. It is composed of four professional musicians from northeast Texas whose mission is to provide outstanding performances of live music to northeast Texas communities.

Concerts are typically held several times per quarter in this lovely venue. Classical, jazz, bluegrass, and piano concerts are just a few of the offerings that have been held at this site.

Alamo Mission Museum

Commemorative museum showcasing artifacts and changing exhibits. Events, concerts, children's activities. Located CR 4104 one half mile east of Exit 147 on Interstate 30. For information, 903.588.2442.

Lake Cypress Springs

Twice named 'Most Beautiful Lake in Texas' by D Magazine, Lake Cypress Springs lies just south of Mount Vernon. A paradise for fisherman and aquatic recreation alike, this beautiful, pine tree-lined lake is stocked and overflowing with walleye, black bass, and catfish.

With a shoreline inhabited by with high-end residences, the waters of Lake Bob Sandlin back up to the dam on Cypress Creek. 

Several public parks are available on the lake for camping, picnicing, and recreation.

For tourism information, contact:

Mount Vernon Main Street Alliance



903 860 3898

838 Kings Ctry Blvd - Scroggins



903 537 2310

I-30 N. Service Rd.



903 632 1122

Hwy. 37 & CRNW 1050



I-30 S. Service Rd., 903 588 2882



903 860 2198 FM 2723



903 537 3498

I-30 N. Service Rd.



903 537 4693

571 CRSE 3070



319 936 1624

4461 CRNW 1030

Restaurant Guide


Our Place
104 E. Main Street

3-Brother's Mexican Grill
102 East Main

Milano's Pizza
114 S. Kaufman

Steve-O's Pizza & Pub
114 East Main Street

Ken Sal's Cuckoo Nest
106 Houston Street

Within the City Limits

Dairy Bar
327 Hwy 37

Dairy Queen
I-30 & Hwy 37

El Tremendo
1319 Holbrook

El Manna
I-30 Exit 146

Texas BBQ Coral
201 S. Service Road I-30

906 TX Highway 37

Burger King
S. Service Road I-30

I-30 & Hwy 37