Around the County, Around the World


WHAT YOU WILL FIND ON THIS PAGE

Contacts and Links for the FCHA, Other Interesting Web Sites, Local Businesses, Churches, Antique Shops, Places to Eat, Places to Stay, and Other Attractions

Click on this recent addition to our links and watch a YouTube video of the 2014 rededication of our Franklin County Courthouse:  http://youtube/Q9Aujdin9CI

And, immediately below you will see the latest recognition to come to one of our own, Henry Clay Thruston. Credit should, of course, be given to the Franklin County Historical Association for bringing attention to this giant of a man.



TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THE FCHA

To visit, drop by one of the following during the stated hours of operation:

(1) The Majors-Parchman House, a Restored 1883 Victorian Cottage with Original Out Buildings and Extensive Art Works, at 701 S. Kaufman in Mount Vernon, serves as the FCHA Headquarters, and is open Tuesday through Friday 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. Reach FCHA offices at 903-537-4760.

(2) The Fire Station Museum, at 201 S. Kaufman in Mount Vernon, and The Old Depot Museum, just across the street at 200 S. Kaufman, are museums of area history with additional natural history exhibits. The Fire Station Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. Both museums are available at other times by appointment; just call the Fire Station at 903-537-7012 or the FCHA office at the Majors-Parchman House at 903-537-4760 during operating hours for reservations. The facilities are available with free admission, although donations are always appreciated. Ask for a free map of historic homes and a driving-tour annotated guide for the town.

For general inquiries regarding the Historical Association or to ask about volunteer opportunities, send email: 
fchadirector@gmail.com

To reach us by snail mail:
FCHA, P. O. Box 289, Mt. Vernon, TX 75457

FOR GENEALOGICAL INQUIRIES 

To search out cemetery-burial information and other genealogical information, contact the Franklin County Genealogical Society:
fcgensoc@suddenlinkmail.com

Also, for cemetery information or local history, contact B.F. Hicks:
information@fcha-online.org

STATE & LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS INTEREST TO HISTORY BUFFS AND TOURISTS

Alamo Mission Museum
www.thealamomission.com

Association of Rural Communities in Texas
Executive Director, Donna Chatham; Membership Secretary, Debbie Bratcher
Promoting the policy of best practices in the delivery of public services to enhance the quality of life for all rural Texans, ARCIT voices our concerns to Texas government.
P. O. Box 200847, Austin, TX 78720-0847
office: 512-331-1354
fax: 512-331-1462
www.arcit.org

Audubon Texas 
This group works for the protection of our natural heritage and the future of our connection to the natural world; and, together with local chapters, cities, state agencies, and public and private landowners; educates students and others; manages 13,000 acres of critical coastal habitat; and has identified more than 2 million acres of grassland that it seeks to restore as natural habitat. Take a look at this new website and its impressive display of information on our state and its natural wonders.
www.audubontexas.org

Bankhead Highway As It Was
The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has set up a website on the Bankhead Highway and its path through Texas. Mt. Vernon and Northeast Texas receive much coverage; there are photographs and maps of our region. Side notes to the information on the highway include the Green Book, a travel guidebook published between 1936 and 1966 for African Americans, who would have been denied service at many of the amenities listed in other guidebooks. There is also a video with vintage music and photographs, showing how brick roadways were constructed in the early years of the past century. THC staff have also created a full-color Bankhead Highway brochure now displayed at Travel Information Centers and in other stops along the highway. This is available on request (find the link on THC website or call 512.463.6255).

http://www.thc.state.tx.us/bankhead

Bankhead Highway and Other Historic Sites Atlas
Also note the THC’s Historic Sites Atlas. It has a feature called “Google Man” that allows users to access street views.

http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us

Cotton Belt Route Historical Society (Visit this site to get information on the annual Symposium, a free program celebrating our railroad heritage and the legacy of the St. Louis Southwestern Railway, held at Texas A&M University Commerce.)
www.cottonbeltroute.com

East Texas Historical Association
The association’s web site and their scholarly journal help to preserve the rich history of East Texas. Persons who desire to join can do so through a link on the website or by contacting the Association at
P. O. Box 6223 SFA Station, Nacogdoches, TX 75962-6223.
Annual membership dues start at $15 for students and $35 for other individuals.
www.easttexashistorical.org

East Texas Tourism Association
www.easttexasguide.com

First Baptist Church of Mt. Vernon
www.fbcmv.com

First Lady's Texas Treasures Award Main Page
Mount Vernon’s Award Video: http://www.thc.state.tx.us/awards/awdMountvernon.shtml
http://www.thc.state.tx.us/heritagetourism/htfltta.shtml

First United Methodist Church of Mt. Vernon
www.fumcmv.org

Franklin County Arts Alliance
www.franklincountyarts.com

Franklin County Chamber of Commerce
www.franklincountytx.com

Franklin County Genealogical Society
http://www.fcgensociety.org

Franklin County Library
http://franklintx.booksys.net/opac/franklintx/index.html


Franklin County Water District
www.fcwd.com

Geocaching across America, Including Dupree Park
www.geocaching.com/

Historic Map Works
You can see a small version and purchase a large version of an 1897 Franklin County map at these links:
www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/18814/
www.historicmapworks.com/Sections/Maps/viewPlateUS-18814.htm 

Mount Vernon Economic Development Commission (Director Teresia Wims)
www.mtvernonedc.com

Mount Vernon Main Street Program
www.visitmtvernontx.com

Mount Vernon Music and the Duo Renard: Mark & Ute Miller
www.mountvernonmusic.org

Mount Vernon Community Calendar
http://mt-vernon.com/calendars.html

Mount Vernon Independent School District History Page
www.mtvernonisd.com/ABOUTUS/History/tabid/391/Default.aspx 

Native Plant Society of Texas
Promoting the conservation, research and utilization of native plants and plant habitats of Texas through education, outreach and example, NPSOT supports programs about native plants and monthly field trips to different locations to examine plants in their natural settings.
320 West San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
830-997-9272
Lake Country Chapter, Mt. Pleasant, Contact Keith Kridler at 903-572-7529
Winnsboro Chapter, Contact Susan Thames at 903-866-3606
www.npsot.org

Native Prairies Association of Texas
www.texasprairie.org

Northeast Texas Film Commission
www.netexasmovies.com

Portal to Texas History:  This site offers students and lifelong learners a digital gateway to the rich collections held in Texas libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and private collections, free for public use. It features digital reproductions of photographs, maps, letters, documents, books, artifacts, and more. There are over ninety-five contributing partners and over 350,000 digital images online. The site is hosted by the University of North Texas. For your interest, go to: www.texashistory.unt.edu

PreservationDirectory.com is an online resource for the United States and Canada, designed to foster preservation of historic buildings, downtowns, and neighborhoods, and to promote heritage tourism by facilitating communication among historic preservation professionals and the general public. The web site offers a marvelous assortment of directories, listings and links for historical societies, museums, state offices, local organizations, historic real estate for sale, sources of grants and other funding, job listings, available preservation and restoration professionals and firms, restoration suppliers, historic lodging, and tour services. To browse the site, go to: www.preservationdirectory.com

Red River County Photos
Enjoy a download found at this link. It’s a very neat slide show of about two dozen great photographs of historical markers and buildings with historical significance in Red River County and Clarksville.
www.box.net/shared/kdvh0p7pbq

Recycling for a Beautiful Community
www.epa.gov/recyclecity

Scenic Driving Routes Around Mount Vernon
www.mt-vernon.com/~chamber/trail.htm

Texas A&M University Press
www.tamu.edu/upress

Texas Archeological Society
www.txarch.org

Texas Civilian Conservation Corps Parks
This is a new grant-funded interactive website created by the Historic Sites and Structures Program. This website contains historical information for every CCC state park in Texas operated by TPWD. You can view CCC photos, vintage postcards, photographs of CCC artifacts, architectural drawings, and oral history videos. Clicking on the Interactive Program will bring up four short documentary video chapters that contain 1930s film footage and photos of the CCC in Texas, and interviews about the CCC, showing the start of the CCC, the daily life of the Corps, the architectural design and construction of CCC structures, and the urgency of caring for these structures for future generations.
www.texascccparks.com
www.texascccparks.org

Texas Department of Agriculture Family Land Heritage Program
The Texas Department of Agriculture has a Family Land Heritage Program that honors Texas families who have maintained ownership of lands for one hundred years or more. Franklin County Honorees, from 1974 to 2010, are listed below. If you have interest in families from other counties, visit the web page at the URL above; you can view and/or download information on all the awards given in Texas, by county, from the beginning of the program in 1974 to the present. Franklin County listings, with named land holding, year established, year honored, and location are these:
Carnes Franklin County Farm, 1874 (1976), Three Miles East of Winnsboro
Drummond Farm, 1850 (1974), Seven Miles Southeast of Mount Vernon
Enos Harper Homestead, 1853 (1985), Five and One-Half Miles Northeast of Mount Vernon
Graves Ranch, 1899 (1999), Fourteen Miles South of Mount Vernon on County Road 4340
Green Hughes Homestead, 1883 (1985), Five and One-Half Miles Northeast of Mount Vernon
Guthrie Farms, 1882 (1993), Seven Miles Southeast of Mount Vernon on FM 3122
Laws Guernsey Farm, 1874 (1976), Ten and One-Half Miles Northwest of Mount Vernon
Joyner Farm, 1901 (2003), Six Miles South of Mount Vernon on Texas Highway 37 South
Lindsey-Anderson Ranch, 1879 (2005), Southeast on County Road 4250
Long Farm, 1856 (1975), Seven Miles South of Mount Vernon
Newsome Jersey Farm, 1869 (1978), Seven Miles South of Mount Vernon
Sims Farm, 1860 (1975), Six and One-Half Miles Northeast of Mount Vernon
SJG Farms, 1847 (1976), Three Miles Northeast of Mount Vernon
http://www.agr.state.tx.us/agr/program_render/0,1987,1848_5409_0_0,00.html?channelId=5409

Texas Escapes
This is an interesting online magazine free to access. You can find a “Mount Vernon” story by Robert Cowser at the site with the longer URL below:
www.texasescapes.com
www.texasescapes.com/They-Shoe-Horses-Dont-They/Entertaining-the-Rotary-Club-in-Mount-Vernon.htm

Texas Historical Commission

www.thc.state.tx.us

Texas Historical Commission's Atlas Online
The Texas Historical Commission has a great online “atlas” of historical markers, cemeteries, and other historically important sites. The link above should take you there; otherwise, you can start with the site of the Texas Historical Commission (http://www.thc.state.tx.us/index.shtml) and click the "Atlas" link in the upper left to go to the Atlas introductory page (http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us). At the bottom of that page, click on the button labeled "Enter the Atlas.”  You can then select Franklin County (or any other) and find not only historical markers, but also many other interesting features of any selected county in Texas. Notice that you can also click on "Download County Data" at the top of the text in the middle of the page and find files that you can save and use later on your own computer. 
http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/shell-county.htm  

Texas Historical Commission's Franklin County Collection 
Franklin County Judge Jerry Hubbell points out this link to great information on the Franklin County Preservation Action Plan and a wonderful collection of Franklin County historical information, with many pictures:
www.thc.state.tx.us/visioninpres/vppdf/Franklin%20County%20Plan.pdf

Texas Historical Commission's Mount Vernon Feature
http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1104983716270-238/MainStreet+Matters+Mount+Vernon.pdf

Texas Historical Foundation
www.texashistoricalfoundation.org

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
TPWd received a nomination for a Lone Star Emmy Award for its video on our egg collection. For more on the video visit the first of the following two sites and then scroll down to “Eggsotic Collection”; for the TPWD news release about the eggs, written by Sara Bibbs and entitled “Rare Avian Treasures on Display in Small-Town Museum,” visit the second site:
www.lonestaremmy.org/_emmy_awards/2008_nominees.php
www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/?req=20070402c

Texas State Cemetery
www.cemetery.state.tx.us

Texas State Historical Association
www.tshaonline.org

Texas State Historian Bill O'Neal
www.lonestarhistorian2.blogspot.com

Texas Treasures Awards
For an online video that shows Mount Vernon receiving one of the Texas Treasures Award, presented by First Lady Anita Perry at the Texas Travel Industry Association’s Unity Dinner in Austin click on the first of these two links; for the whole presentation click on the second:
www.thc.state.tx.us/awards/awdMountvernon.shtml
www.thc.state.tx.us/awards/awdFrstLdyTxTrs.shtml

Titus County Historical Association Sites
www.titushistory.com and www.tituscemeteries.com

FRANKLIN COUNTY CHURCHES

ASSEMBLY OF GOD

•ABUNDANT GRACE
•423 Hwy. 37 South, Mount Vernon
•Charles Cockroft, Pastor
•903-537-4353
•Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
•Children's Church 11:00 a.m.
•Morning Worship 8:30 a.m. & 10:45
•Sunday Evening 6:00 p.m.
•Wednesday Evening 7:00 p.m.

BAPTIST

•CALVARY BAPTIST TEMPLE
•Bell Street, Mount Vernon
•Pete Hollingsworth, Pastor
•Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
•Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
•Evening Worship 6:00 p.m.
•Bible Study Youth Fellowship 5:30 p.m.
•Wednesday Service 7:00 p.m.

•CENTER GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH
•Rt. 2, Mount Vernon
•Stephen Smith, Pastor
•Sunday School 10:00 a.m.
•Church 11:00 a.m.
•Sunday Evening 7:00 p.m.

•DENTON BAPTIST CHURCH
•Spur 423, Mount Vernon
•Rev. Dr. W.G. Lacy, Pastor
•Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
•Morning Worship I1:00 a.m.
•Evening Worship 6:00 p.m.
•Lord's Supper Each First Sunday

•FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
•Kaufman St., Mount Vernon
•Pepper Puryear, Pastor
•903-537-2322
•Bible Fellowship 9:15 a.m.
•Morning Worship 10:30 a.m.
•Evening Worship 6:15 p.m.
•Wednesday Evening Worship 6:15 p.m.
•www.fbcmv.com

•GLADE SPRINGS BAPTIST CHURCH
•Hwy 21, 5 miles S. of Mount Vernon
•Dr. Stan Foy, Pastor
•903-588-2506
•Sunday School 10:00 a.m.
•Sunday Morning Service 11:00 a.m.
•Sunday Evening Service 6:00 p.m.

•GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH 512 Yates. Mount Vernon
•Daniel Ledford, Pastor Sunday School 10:00 a.m.
•Morning Service 11:00 a.m.
•Sunday Evening 6:00 p.m.
•Wednesday Evening 7:00 p.m.

•HILLTOP BAPTIST CHURCH
•822 Leftwich Street, Mount Vernon
•903-537-7037
•Van B. Patton, Sr., Pastor; Antonio Telles, Spanisb Pastor
•Sunday School, English & Spanish 10:00 a.m.
•Sunday Service, English & Spanish 11:00 a.m.; Spanish 12:00 noon
•Sunday Evening, English 6:30 p.m.; Spanish 7:30 p.m.
•Wednesday Service, English 6:30 p.m.; Spanish 7:30 p.m.

•LAKE CYPRESS SPRINGS BAPTIST CHURCH
•Hwy 115 N. of Kings Country, Scroggins
•David Foote, Pastor
•Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
•Worship Service 10:55 a.m.
•Evening Service 6:30 p.m.
•Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 p.m.

•MACON BAPTIST CHURCH
•FM 21 W. of FM 3007
•903-588-2424
•Don Smith, Pastor
•Sunday Brunch 9:30 a.m.
•Sunday Bible Study 10:00 a.m.
•Sunday Worship Service 11:00 a.m.
•Sunday Evening Worship 6:30 p.m.
•Wednesday Prayer 6:30 p.m.

•MEADOW PARK BAPTlST CHURCH
•707 Hwy 37 S., Mount Vernon
•903-537-4867
•Troy Henegar, Pastor
•Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
•Sunday Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
•Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 p.m.
•Wednesday Worship 7:00 p.m.

•MT. OLIVE BAPTIST CHURCH
•Hagansport
•Jimmy Rogers, Pastor
•Sunday School 10:00 a.m.
•Sunday Service 11:00 a.m.
•Sunday Night Church 7:00 p.m.
•Wednesday Night Bible Study 7:00 p.m.

•NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH
•FM 1448, Scroggins
•Larry Glosup, Pastor
•903-725-7953
•Sunday School 10:00 a.m.
•Morning Service 11:00 a.m.
•Sunday Evening 6:00 p.m.
•Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting 6:30 p.m.

•PURLEY BAPTIST CHURCH
•FM 900, W. of Hwy 37
•Bryan Adair, Pastor
•Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
•Worship Service 10:50 a.m.
•Evening Worship 6 p.m.
•Wednesday Meal 6:30 p.m.
•Wednesday Worship 7 p.m.

ROMAN CATHOLIC

•SACRED HEART CATHOLIC CHURCH
•Hwy 37 S. & Rutherford Dr., Mount Vernon
•Father Susai J. Avula
•Church 903-537-2174, Rectory 903-537-7489
•Saturday Evening Mass (English) 6 p.m.
•Sunday Mass (English) 9:30 a.m.
•Sunday Mass (Espanol) 12:30 p.m.

CHURCH OF CHRIST

•CHURCH OF CHRIST
•708 W. Main, Mount Vernon
•Richard Rutledge, Minister
•Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
•Morning Worship 1O:30 a.m.
•Sunday Evening 6:00 p.m.
•Wednesday Evening 7:00 p.m.

•HAGANSPORT CHURCH OF CHRIST
•Hwy 37 N., Hagansport
•John T. Mullins, Minister
•Bible Study 9:30 a.m.
•Morning Worship 10:00 a.m.
•Evening Worship 5:00 p.m.
•Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m.

FULL GOSPEL / EVANGELICAL

•BIBLE MISSIONARY CHURCH, 207 Keith St., Mount Vernon
•Brother Roy Baker
•903-537-2153
•Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
•Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
•Evening Worship 7:00 p.m.
•Wednesday Prayer Meeting 7:00 p.m.

•CHRISTIAN CENTER CHURCH
•I-30, S. Service Road, Mount Vernon
•Morris Nelms, Pastor
•Sunday School 10:00 a.m.
•Sunday Worship Service 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.
•Wednesday Night 7:00 p.m.

•CHURCH OF GOD OF PROPHECY
•Hwy 37 N., Hagansport
•Freddy Henry, Pastor
•Sunday School 10:00 a.m.
•Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
•Sunday Night Bible Study & Singing 6:00 p.m.
•Evening Worship 6:30 p.m.
•Wednesday Night 7:30 p.m.

•CORNERSTONE CHURCH
•I-30 & Hwy 115, Mount Vernon
•Jim Crittenden, Pastor
•903-537-2011
•Sunday Services & Children's Church 10:30 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.
•Wednesday 7:00 p.m.
•Bible Study Weekdays 8:00 a.m.
•http://www.mtvc.org

•IGLESIA CENTRO CRISTIANO (Spanish Language)
•621 Holbrook St., Mount Vernon
•Pedro Carbajal, Pastor
•903-537-3746
•Sunday Bible Study 10:00 a.m.
•Sunday Evening Worship 6 p.m.
•Thursday Worship 7 p.m.

•LAKE CHAPEL CHURCH
•Hwy 37 N., 7 mi. N. of Mount Vernon
•Gerald Hood, Pastor
•903-632-4452
•Sunday School 10:00 a.m.
•Sunday Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
•Sunday Evening Service 6 p.m.
•Wednesday Service 7:30 p.m.

•NEW LIFE U.P.C.
•I-30 S. Service Rd., Mount Vernon
•903-588-2031
•W.. Anderson, Jr., Pastor
•Sunday Service 2:00 p.m.
•Wednesday Service 7:30 p.m.

LUTHERAN

•GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH (WELS)
•Vilas Glaeske, Pastor
•6788 Highway 115, , Cypress Springs Village, on Lake Cypress Springs
•903-860-3749
•Sunday School 9:00 a.m.
•Adult Bible Study 9:00 a.m.
•Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
•www.gracelutherantxwels.org

METHODIST

•FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
•Hwy 37 S. & Meadow Park, Mount Vernon
•903-537-3616
•Jack Wallace, Pastor
•Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
•Morning Worship 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.
•Youth Fellowship 5:30 p.m.
•www.fumcmv.org

•MT. ZION CHRISTIAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
•129 Church St., Mount Vernon
•Rev. Gailyn McCurdy
•903-537-3267
•Worship Second & Fourth Sunday 11:00 a.m.
•Bible Study First & Third Wednesday 7:00 p.m.

NON-DENOMINATIONAL

•BOOKMAN TEMPLE
•Grady St., Mount Vernon
•Pastor Frank Henderson
•Sunday School 10:00 a.m.
•Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
•Wednesday Prayer Meeting 7:00 p.m
•Thursday Open Arms 7:00 p.m.

•LIFE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH
•200 W. Main
•Craig Toney, Pastor
•Sunday Morning Services 10:30 a.m.

•PRAIRIE STATION COWBOY CHURCH
•I-30, S. Service Rd., 1/8 mi. west of Hwy 37
•Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
•Sunday Worship 10:45 a.m.
Send a message to webmaster@fcha-online.org if you see a need for revision or if you notice an omission.

DOWNTOWN & AREA SHOPPER'S GUIDE

If you would like your business listed in this area, please send a message to webmaster@fcha-online.org. If you see a need for revision, please do the same.

THE MOUNT VERNON DOWNTOWN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

Mount Vernon's Downtown Business Association is an organization dedicated to promoting the historic, cultural and retail significance of this beautiful small East Texas town and county seat. While its best known favorite son, Don Meredith, put Mount Vernon on the map with his down-to-earth charm, visitors will discover that same warmth of ambiance in Mount Vernon today, a welcome reminder of everyone's Hometown USA. For more information write P. O. Box 382, Mount Vernon, TX 75457.

FARMER'S MARKET

The Farmer’s Market is open on the Square every Saturday March through November 7:30 A.M. to sellout.

ANTIQUES AND GIFTS

Coe and Company
English, American, and French antiques, gifts and accessories
903-537-3805
East side of Square, Monday-Saturday 10-5

The Country Trunk
903-537-2046
East Side of the Square

Flowerland of Mount Vernon
Fresh and silk Flowers, balloons, gifts and candles
102 Jackson St.
903-537-3755

Friends
Home Décor and Gifts
Ken & Cynthia Harrison, Owners
903-537-4484
104 N. Houston St.
East Side of the Square

M. L. Edwards & Co. Emporium
107-year-old family business, gifts, collectibles, bridal registry
903-537-2244
West Side of the Square
Monday-Saturday 9:30-5:00

Mount Vernon Floral
Flowers for weddings, funerals or prom
903-537-4575
100 Houston St.

APPAREL

DejaVu
New and gently used apparel
903-270-6020
114 E. Main St.
Wednesday-Friday Noon-6:00, Saturday 9:00-1:00

Samaritan Shop
Local charity organization providing clothing
903-537-4822
North side of Square
Monday, Thursday, and Friday 10:00-4:00, Saturday 10:00-1:00

Saucy Ladies
Beautiful boutique fashions, lingerie, bras, designer jewelry
903-537-4983
South Side of the Square
Monday-Saturday 10:00-5:00

ART

The Frame-Up and Fine Art Gallery
Certified, award-winning picture framer Charlotte Chaney, featuring custom framing & the Galleria Americana
903-537-4034
204 W. Main Street
Tuesday-Friday 10:00-5:00, Monday-Saturday 10:00-3:00

ATTORNEYS

B. F. Hicks
903-537-2264
205 N. Kaufman

Gene Stump
903-537-7857
205 N. Kaufman

Edward Jones Investment
903-537-3345

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Edward Jones Investments
Bill Kent, Financial Advisor
Quality investments, modem technology, personal service
903-537-3345
South side of Square

Ernie Snapka, CPA
903-537-4029
Business and personal accounting and tax service
West side of Square
Monday-Friday 8:30-12:00, 1:00-3:00

Etex Financial, Inc.
Comprehensive financial planning and investment management
903-537-4594
203 N. Kaufman
Monday-Friday, 8:00-5:00

First National Bank of Mount Vernon
Downtown, Brookshire & Cypress Springs Branches, FDIC Insured
903-537-2201

DOWNTOWN RESTAURANTS

Milano's Pizza
All you can eat buffet: pizza, pasta, salad
903-537-3929
114 Kaufman
Open 7 days a week, noon and night

Our Place
Full service restaurant, daily lunches, private events
903-270-6216
South side of Square
Monday-Thursday 10:00-4:00, Friday & Saturday 10:00-9:00

OTHER DINING

Burger King
I-30 S. Access Rd.
903-588-2471

Dairy Bar
Hwy 37S
903-588-2295

Love's Country Store, Chicken Express & Subway
I-30 N. Access Rd.
903-537-7696

McCurdy's Catfish
Hwy 37S
903-860-3399

Mi Casita
I-30 S. Access Rd.
903-537-4624

Sonic Drive-In
Hwy 37S
903-537-4596

Texas BBQ Corral
I-30 S. Access Rd.
903-537-4848

Vinyard's
Hwy 115 at Lake Cypress Springs
903-860-3102

Walleye Deli
732 CR 4220
903-860-2692

FLORAL GIFTS

Mount Vernon Floral / Flowers by The Party Barn
903-537-4575
100 Houston St.

HEALTII AND BEAUTY

Hair Essentials
Full service salon, including nails and Mary Kay Cosmetics
903-537-3551
401 N. Kaufman
Monday-Friday, 9:00-5:00

Jan's Beauty Shop
Full service salon for women, men and children
903-537-7073
303 N. Kaufman
Tuesday-Friday, 9:00-5:00

Mount Vernon Gym
24 hour access, boxing, Zumba, staffed with certified trainers
903-537-2247
204 E. Main
Monday-Friday 9:00-6:00, Sat. 9:00-12:00

HOME DECORATING

Renee's Floors & Decor
903-537-7050
111 E. Dallas Street

REAL ESTATE SERVICES

Northeast Texas Land Title
Locally owned, professional, friendly, title insurance
903-537-3683
205 N. Kaufman
Monday-Friday 8:30-12:00, 1:00-5:00

Tom Ramsay Real Estate
We sell farms, ranches, commercial, residential property
903-537-4711
North side of Square
Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00; Weekend, will meet.

OTHER BUSINESSES AND SERVICE ESTABLISHMENTS

Challen's Appliance Service
Appliance service
903-537-7677
102 Jackson St.
Monday-Saturday 10:00-5:00

Etex Insurance Agency
Local, friendly service: life, auto, home, commercial
903-537-4594
203 N. Kaufman
Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00

Food Mart
Texaco Station and Convenience Store
903-537-4911
302 W. Main
Monday-Thursday 6:00-10:00, Friday 6:00-10:30, Saturday 7:00-10:30, Sunday 8:00-9:00

Franklin County Lawn and Feed
903-537-4516
Cattle, horse, pet, lawn & garden, wildlife supplies!
305 W Main
Monday-Friday 7:00-5:30, Saturday 7:00-12:00

Hollywood Pet Designs
Full-service pet grooming
903-588-0730
210 W. Main

K&C Harrison
Automotive accessories
903-537-2877
East side of the square

Model Cleaners
Dry cleaning and laundry service
903-537-7141
East side of Square
Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30

Mount Vernon Optic-Herald
Community newspaper and local Internet source
903-537-2228
108 S. Kaufman
Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00

Shoemake Electric
Motor & power tools repair, all makes; electrician
903-537-7676
100 Jackson St.
Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00

Stansell's City Cleaners and Laundry
Dry cleaning and laundry
903-563-4900
North side of Square
Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00

GOVERNMENT SERVICES

City of Mount Vernon
903-537-2252
City Hall, West side of Square
Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30

Franklin County Courthouse
Historic 1912 courthouse, currently undergoing renovation (call for temporary location of specific offices housing county services)
903-537-2342
Offices open Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00

Franklin County Water District
903-537-4536
Governing body for beautiful Lake Cypress Springs
East side of Square
Monday-Friday, 9:00-5:00

Mount Vernon Community Network
www.mvcntx.org or www.visitmtvernontx.com
903-537-2252
City Hall, West side of Square
Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30

Mount Vernon Economic Development Corp.
Industrial, business development, information resource
903-537-4495

Mount Vernon Main Street
Commercial and residential preservation and development
903-537-4070
City Hall, West side of Square
Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30

N.E.T. Opportunities
Providing services to elderly, low-income, handicapped
903-537-2256
Temporarily located on Hwy 37 S.
Monday-Friday, 8:00-4:30

U.S. Post Office
903-537-2515
207 S. Kaufman St.
Monday-Friday, 8:00-4:30

WHERE TO STAY IN OR NEAR MOUNT VERNON

Mt. Vernon Motel
I-30 N. Service Rd.
903-537-2310
American Inn Motel
New facility, 21 Rooms with Queen or King beds, Cable TV, HBO. Rates from $35.95 + tax. Location and mailing address: 415 NE Access Rd. - North of I-30 at Exit 147.
903-537-3498

Best Western Trail Dust Inn
Location and mailing address: I-30 S. Service Road, P.O. Box 789, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482.
903-885-7515

Cypress Springs Marina, & Resort
Cypress Springs Lake, lakefront cabins, kitchenettes, recreational vehicle and tent rentals, boat stalls. Location and mailing address: 3400 Hwy. 115, Scroggins, TX 75480.
903-860-2891

Deer Lake Cabins
Situated in a secluded and tranquil area of the Texas Piney Woods next to Lake Cypress Springs. Located on Deer Lake and Dream Lake. 1, 2, and 3 bedroom homes w/kitchens & Decks and Lake Views. Location and mailing address: 838 Kings Country Blvd., Scroggins, TX 75480.
903-860-3898; fax 903-860-3045; www.deerlakecabins.com

Mount Vernon Super 8 Motel
Built in 1996; AAA approved, 44 super deluxe rooms, free continental breakfast, local calls & cribs. Electronic room keys, 24-hour desk, children 14 & under stay free. King rooms with recliners & desk, executive rooms, micro fridge, fax, copy machine, modem jacks, remote cable TV, outside outlets, restaurant discounts. Convenient location at I-30 at Hwy. 37 (between exits 146 & 147). Mailing address: P.O. Box 1227, Mt. Vernon, TX 75457.
903-588-2882 or 800-800-8000

Selah Inn at the Ranch
Reminiscent of a European Country Manor House, Selah is a luxurious 17,000 square foot Austin Stone and Timbered house completed in 1999. Snuggle up in your down pillows and comforters in one of the 11 individually decorated suites. Each room affords spectacular views of the 1,000 acre cattle ranch dotted with 10 stocked fishing lakes, majestic 100 year old oak trees, with occasional spotting of the resident deer herd. The Inn specializes in small group retreats, parties, weddings, etc., and individual guests as bookings permit. Hayrides, cookouts, sport shooting, fishing are just some of the activities at the ranch. Location and mailing address: Hwy 37 & CR NW 1050, Talco, TX 75487.
903-632-1122; fax 903-632-2233

Seven Gables Bed & Breakfast Inn
Debbie Renner, Owner. An 1895 Victorian home with antique furnishings (completely renovated in 1999) at 318 S. Kaufman three blocks south off the Square. Gourmet breakfast in the dining room; beverages and snacks are always available. Room or suite; each with private bath, monogrammed robes and a complete line of Bath and Body Works products. Photographic opportunities. Private dinners, weddings, receptions and showers. Murder Mystery dinners for groups of 8-24 people.
Location and mailing address: 318 S. Kaufman St., Mt. Vernon, TX 75457
903-537-3391

Shiloh Retreat Center
Location and mailing address: 3335 FM 21, Mt. Vernon, TX 75457.
903-855-1800

Tall Tree Marina
FM 2723, off Hwy 21, on Cypress Springs Lake - Recreational vehicle and tent spaces, cabins w/kitchenette, boat stalls, restaurant, bar.
903-860-2198

FURTHER NOTES ON ATTRACTIONS

We have maps at the Majors-Parchman House (Historical Association headquarters at 701 South Kaufman Street) with suggested routes for exploring the county, such as bike trails, cemetery trails, scenic driving trails, and wildflower trails.

There are Christmas tree farms for holiday outings where you can select your tree and enjoy a variety of other Yuletide activities. Also, we have several pick-your-own operations for local produce, including blackberries, blueberries, plums and peaches. The Honeyhill Farm also offers cane pole rentals for youngsters (903-588 -2681).

Lake Cypress Springs offers a variety of ways to spend one or several days; to find out more about the lake and its surroundings call the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce at 903-537-4365.

There are 17 official Texas historical markers in the county, and over 60 homes constructed before World War I have historic designations in Mt. Vernon. See the other pages of this website for information on many of these sites.