Dupree Nature Preserve and historical 1868 Thruston Home - At 7’ 7 ½”, Col. Henry Clay Thruston was the tallest Confederate soldier in the Civil War. The restored home is located on the historical Bankhead Highway, the first transcontinental automobile route that ran across the U.S. from Washington D.C. to San Diego, California, coming right through the middle of Mount Vernon. The 57 acre Dupree nature trail is marked by 65 signposts and there is a printed guide to flora and fauna. Located 0.2 miles west of TX Hwy 37.
1894 Old Railroad Depot – Take a step back in time when you visit the old train station. Complete with running model trains, kids love this display. The Cotton Belt Depot has been restored to its original state. You can see early telegraph and telephone equipment, an 1898 Studebaker covered wagon and feel what it would have been like to catch a train from Mt. Vernon to Dallas in the early 1900s.
Parchman House Living History Center - Just a short drive south from downtown Mt. Vernon on Kaufman Street you will find an 1883 farmhouse with authentic architecture, original outbuildings such as outhouse, chicken coop and carriage barn. It’s like stepping back in time to a common yard in Mt. Vernon in the late 1800’s. Located at 701 S. Kaufman. Owned and maintained by Franklin County Historical Association.
Cultural Arts Center– Mt. Vernon has an active community of artistic folks from all around the region and country. Once an automotive garage, this historic building now houses local art exhibits and is host to many community events. The Cultural Arts Center is located at 200 Rusk Street, just 2 blocks west of the Mt. Vernon town square.
The Musical Art Park has a permanent collection of nine outdoor, tuned musical percussion instruments where kids can try out their musical talent. The instruments are installed on a stage-like deck on the Mt. Vernon school campus just east off Highway 37, about 1 mile north of I-30 exit 146. It is open to the public and is also used for music classes.
The Frame Up & Fine Art Gallery – 204 W. Main St. 903-537-4034, Drop in to the Frame Up Art Gallery located on Main Street, just a few blocks west of the downtown square. This little gallery is a hidden treasure and houses pottery, artwork and photography that will amaze even the casual artist lover – a great place to browse.
Franklin County Library – Located on the southwest corner of the Mt. Vernon downtown square. In the spirit of preservation, this Library was originally one of the first bank buildings in Mt. Vernon. The ornate ceilings, original vault area and teller booths are still part of the Library decor. This is one of our favorite hangouts and a great place to browse, search the internet or enjoy the special children’s reading space. We love our awesome Library! A great place to spend an hour or a day.
Little Creek Park – Newly renovated City Park has walking trails, playground, soccer and basketball court and space to enjoy the great outdoors. Little Creek Park is located at 305 N. Kaufman Street, just a block north of the Mt. Vernon town square.
Two new disc golf courses: the Trey Deuce & Texas Twist. Travel south of Mount Vernon to the Trey Deuce courses where the wild west meets wildlife for a fun and challenging game. Trey Texas Ranch Complex is located at 4450 CR SW 3010, Mt. Vernon, Texas.
Directions: From Mt. Vernon, take Hwy 37 South towards Winnsboro, approximately 7 miles to Purley. Turn right (west) on CR 900. Go 1 mile to the 2nd right on SW 3010 (DO NOT TAKE first right on SW 3110). Turn right (north) on SW 3010. Go 1 mile straight north and you will see the Trey Deuce building on the hill on the left side of the road.