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Welcome to Athens

Home of the original hamburger

80 fun years!

The Fiddler on the Square

On the square

Henderson County Courthouse

welcome to our backyard

Are you growing tired of the hustle and bustle of today's work a day world - spending hours each week sitting in your car just trying to get to work to spend all day staring at the same laptop screen, catapulting yourself towards carpal tunnel and old age? Well, you're not alone! And lucky for you, the folks of Athens, TX have just the cure!

Athens has the charm of a small southern town while still retaining many of the qualities of a larger city. It's only a short drive from Dallas making it the perfect getaway for the casual traveler and outdoor enthusiasts alike who consider the surrounding countryside and lakes the perfect playground for their outdoor activities.

While progress is evident everywhere, Athens embraces its heritage and celebrates its colorful past. Athens is nationally acknowledged as "The Home of Original Hamburger" and is also home to the Annual Texas Fiddlers Contest and Reunion, the oldest such event in the U.S.

When you're ready to leave bright lights and honking horns behind, come to Athens and enjoy the fireflies and crickets - for a weekend, or longer.

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Athens Farmer's Market - ...

Oct 25 2014

The Athens Farmer's Market believes that small, local farms and businesses are essential to the local economy,...

Athens Farmer's Market - ...

Oct 29 2014

The Athens Farmer's Market believes that small, local farms and businesses are essential to the local economy,...

Halloween at the Hatchery...

Oct 30 2014

Local businesses and organizations will hand out FREE candy and the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center will be ...

Each year, the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center stocks over 3.5 million largemouth basspublic lakes.

That one of the original inhabitants of Black Beauty Ranch could talk in sign language.

The Harbison-Walker Brick Plant once stood where the Athens Scuba Park is today.