Introduction to Athens, Texas
Athens, Texas, in Henderson county, is 34 miles W of Tyler, Texas and 68 miles SE of Dallas, Texas. The city is conveniently located inside the Dallas metropolitan area. There are an estimated 11,297 people in Athens.
The city of Athens is the county seat of the Henderson County. It is known as the "original Home of the Hamburger." According to one tradition, since the founders of this city expected it to become a cultural center, the community was named after the city of Athens, Greece. However, other sources state that the city was named after Athens, Georgia. Athens is also nicknamed the "Black-Eyed Pea Capital of the World" because of its annual black-eyed pea festival.
Athens and nearby Attractions
- Henderson County Historical Museum
- Faulk and Gauntt Building
- Central Baptist Church
- Chalmers Lake
- Purtis Creek State Recreation Area
- Athens City Park
Things To Do In Athens
Those interested in learning about the local history and culture can pay a visit to the Henderson County Historical Museum. Chalmers Lake, Athens Lake, Bear Creek and Coppers Creek are beautiful water bodies and popular tourist spots. One can also visit the Athens City Park, Central Park and the Purtis Creek State Recreation Area, where a variety of recreational activities can be pursued.
Air transportation facilities are offered by the Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.
Athens Higher Education
For higher education, residents can enroll at the local Trinity Valley Community College. Other institutes nearby include the Tyler Junior College, Navarro College and The University of Texas at Tyler.