Welcome to the ARRC

Athens has a historic flavor with brick storefronts and a beautiful courthouse that speak of the history of this East Texas County Seat. The square is still the hub of activity with businesses surrounding the courthouse, just as it did in the early years. Athens has an interesting history. It was the home of Fletcher Davis, the inventor of the Hamburger, as well as the Black-Eyed Pea Capitol of the world.

Athens is a recipient of the "shining Star Award" as a hard working rural community and as a “certified retirement community” by the Texas Department of Agriculture. It has the aura of a small town yet is close enough to enjoy the offerings of big cities like Tyler 35 miles to the east and Dallas 75 miles to the northwest.

Athens is surrounded by a number of lakes making it a boater's and fisherman's paradise. East Texas Arboretum delights the nature lover and those who wish to hike the trails and the Texas Freshwater Fisheries boasts 300,000 gallons of aquaria along with other exhibits at the fresh water fishing museum. Henderson County Performing Arts Center provides a series of plays yearly and weekends find the Henderson County Fair Complex holding an equestrian event. While the Trinity Valley Community College offers a wide range of continuing education programs, an Olympic size swimming pool, a fitness facility and a multipurpose area are housed in the Cain Center.

Athens has it all!


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