With museums, distilleries, nearby wineries, and historic Main Street, this North Texas town is an ideal getaway for those interested in enology, viticulture, distilleries, and Texas history.
Settled by railroad workers and immigrants in the 1870’s, Denison became the town where the railroad tracks met the cattle trails. The 1880’s ushered an era of development. As Denison’s downtown took shape, early resident and wine maker TV Munson developed disease resistant grape rootstock that helped save France’s wine industry. The local Grayson College supports Texas’ Wine Industry with an Enology and Viticulture Center named in Munson’s honor. Downtown’s historic Main Street embraces period architecture with a historic feel as shops, dining, and venues line the sidewalks.
A day in town often gets kicked off with CJ’s fresh brewed coffee and homemade eats on Main Street. Lunch or dinner at Devolli’s is often paired with a bottle of local wine or freshly ale. Chef Felipe creates authentic dishes and drinks at Rustico’s that are inspired by the flavors of old Mexico. Best Burger Barn keeps cold beer chilling while serving mouthwatering burgers and exciting side dishes that exemplify their Texas roots. Denison’s Food Truck Park provides a venue for local chefs to showcase their signature dishes.
The Katy Railroad helped establish Denison. The Katy Depot and Red River Railroad Museum are downtown at the railroad tracks, both are steeped in local lore and history. To the south is Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site which features the original birthplace home and a museum honoring the famous WWII General and later President, Dwight D Eisenhower. Ike’s father worked as an entry level mechanic for the Katy Railroad.
Denison’s Main Street program promotes the lively downtown area through live music, movies, events, and festivals. The Denison Area Chamber of Commerce hosts many parades and community events then sponsors a Fall Festival in October. To the north is Lake Texoma, a world renowned fishing destination. Nearby Eisenhower State Park and Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge showcase the natural wonders of the area. To the south is the award-winning grain-to-glass distillery home of Ironroot Republic Distillery.
Denison Texas is moving forward, yet provides a great place to kick back…