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:
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:
Also, for cemetery information or local history, contact B.F. Hicks:
STATE & LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS INTEREST TO HISTORY BUFFS AND TOURISTS
Alamo Mission Museum
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
East Texas Tourism Association
First Baptist Church of Mt. Vernon
First Lady's Texas Treasures Award Main Page
Mount Vernon’s Award Video: http://www.thc.state.tx.us/awards/awdMountvernon.shtml
First United Methodist Church of Mt. Vernon
Franklin County Arts Alliance
Franklin County Chamber of Commerce
Franklin County Genealogical Society
Franklin County Library
Franklin County Water District
Geocaching across America, Including Dupree Park
Historic Map Works
You can see a small version and purchase a large version of an 1897 Franklin County map at these links:
Mount Vernon Economic Development Commission (Director Teresia Wims)
Mount Vernon Main Street Program
Mount Vernon Music and the Duo Renard: Mark & Ute Miller
Mount Vernon Community Calendar
Mount Vernon Independent School District History Page
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
Lake Country Chapter, Mt. Pleasant, Contact Keith Kridler at 903-572-7529
Winnsboro Chapter, Contact Susan Thames at 903-866-3606
Native Prairies Association of Texas
Northeast Texas Film Commission
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.
Recycling for a Beautiful Community
Scenic Driving Routes Around Mount Vernon
Texas A&M University Press
Texas Archeological Society
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.
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
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:
Texas Historical Commission
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.
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:
Texas Historical Commission's Mount Vernon Feature