ATHENS


General.. The population is 11,077 and the Alt. is 490


Named ether for the capital of Greece or for the city in Georgia (there is a local argument). Seat of Henderson County; an industrial center turning out such diversified products as bricks, televisions, pleasure boats, building components, mobile homes, and precision medical devices. Home of Trinity Valley Community College. Home of the hamburger, great American fast food staple created in late 1800s in a cafe on the courthouse square by Fletcher Davis; celebrated each September at the Uncle Fletch Davis Home of the Hamburger Cook off and Trade Fair.
Once known for extensive black-eyed pea production, the city pays tribute to the legume the third weekend in July with the Black-Eyed Pea Jamboree. An Old Fiddler’s Reunion in May draws thousands of traditional country music lovers.
Scuba divers flock to Athens Scuba Park’s clear waters for excellent recreational diving and for diver certification. Not open to the general public, but available to scuba divers and group parties. Visitors can stroll through antique malls and find specialty shops; tearooms, and outlet stores.

HENDERSON COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

- Vintage and antique memorabilia are displayed in 1896 Faulk-Gauntt building. Replica of early school-room; both permanent and special exhibits. Open Fri. and Sat. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At 217 N. Praireville Street.

NEW YORK TEXAS CHEESECAKE OUTLET

- Delicious, mouth-watering cheesecake made in New York ,Texas (population 12), on a farm overlooking East Texas hills. Popular cheesecake is distributed throughout the U.S. Free cheesecake and coffee for visitors, country gourmet dinner on Sat. nights. Bed and breakfast accommodations available. Also original arts and crafts, quilts, and antiques. Open daily; March -Oct. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. November to February 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Approximately 5 miles east on U.S. 175 northwest about 9 miles, north on F.M. 316 3 miles to park. Reservations accepted. 903-425-2332.

PURTIS CREEK STATE RECREATION AREA

- 1,533 acre park includes 355 acre Purtis Creek Lake. Campsites with water and electricity, picnicking, playground, hiking, rest rooms. Fishing (largemouth black bass is catch-and-release basis only; contact park headquarters for details). fish-cleaning area, lighted fishing pier, lighted boat ramp (50 boat maximum on lake, boating fee, no wake rule). Take U.S, 175 northwest about 9 miles, north on F.M. 316 3 miles to park. Reservations accepted. 903-425-2332.