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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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Read about the history of the Hamburger

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Learn the latest in fly fishing techniques

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Keep Athens Beautiful Hom...

Mar 7 2015

Keep Athens Beautiful will transform the Henderson County Regional Fair Park grounds and Senior Citizens build...

Bird and Nature Walk - Ma...

Mar 14 2015

Walk on the Wild Side at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

Fly Fish Texas! 2015

Mar 14 2015

Anglers from all over converge on the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center to learn the latest in fly fishing tec...

Since early Egyptian times, black-eyed peas have been eaten for good luck.

The hotel now known as America's Best Value Inn opened on the day that JFK was assassinated.

A 7-time PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year calls Athens home.