East Texas City

Athens, Texas

Home of the Hamburger

Black-Eyed Peas Capital

Discover history and nature in this spirited town. Local celebrations include Uncle Fletch’s Hamburger and Bar-B-Q Cook-off, which is now part of the East Texas Arboretum’s annual fall festival. The competition is named after the cafe owner who, legend has it, invented the hamburger and introduced it at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. Step into the past in the recreated law office, kitchen, and schoolroom at the Henderson County Historical Museum, housed in the 1896 Victorian-ear Faulk and Gauntt Building. Visit the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center to watch divers feed fish in the huge aquariums, tray a hand at casting, or view displays of antique fishing gear.

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150 Years Of Texas History In The Starr Family Home In Marshall

Nestled in the heart of Marshall’s museums and cultural activities, Starr Family Home State Historic Site is composed of several elegant structures. Period furnishings, clothing, and antiques trace the transition of the buildings through four generations of the Starr family in Texas history. Click here to read more.