"Gainesville--A Touch Of The Victorian in Texas" Gainesville by VeronicaG
Gainesville Travel Guide: 21 reviews and 41 photos
Our first peek at the town of Gainesville was in the Fall and it appealed to us so much that we made a return visit that December. Since moving to Texas, my husband and I have made a concerted effort to really get to know our new state. In Gainesville, we think it was the friendliness of the town that caused us to return.
We motored along 114 W. then I-35W to I-35N and eventually to the 496B exit. Along the way we passed the monolithic Texas Motor Speedway via Dale Earnhardt Way. It was a brisk, sunny day as we traveled through Texas, passing grazing horses, countless cow pastures, expanses of scrubby fields, slight rises in topography and rolled bales of hay looking desolate in empty fields.
A short stretch of road work appeared and then signs reading "PONDER 1 mile", McKinney, Denton and Krum. We skirted Sanger and Valleyview, then signs for the Gainesville Factory shops and Frank Buck Zoo sprung up on the side of the highway. Finally the town itself announced "Gainesville-established in 1850."
The first time we visited was on a Sunday and nearly everything was closed up tight. This recent trip was on a Saturday, so this allowed us to catch a glimpse of small town life on the weekends.
Gainesville has a typical town square, which surrounds a stalwart looking courthouse crowned by a clock tower. Antique, home decor, gift shops and other businesses made up the square. Somewhat beyond this town center lies a small collection of lovely Victorian homes, which are the treasures of Gainesville!
If you stop by early in the day, don't forget to sample a fried pie at the Fried Pie Cafe! Any later, will be too late to try this tasty tidbit.
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Written Dec 19, 2006
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