Things to do in Henderson, Texas

Henderson is a pleasant, little town in East Texas.

Established in 1843, the town of Henderson is older than Texas itself. The city was named for James Pinckney Henderson, the first governor of Texas, per the request of his friend W.B. Ochiltree. Fast forward a little less than two centuries later, the town still stands with less than 14,000 people. Despite its small size, the town still has much to do, places to eat, and things to see.

Just six miles outside the town, there is the Gaston Museum, which teaches about life as worker in the oil fields around the 1930’s to the 1940’s. Even White’s Snack Shop is still open, which used to be a favorite of teenagers around the area. The Whites’ family home is available for touring, along with the Dixie Service Station. An antique radio show is another exhibit to listen to, with other antique radios to look at.

The London Museum and Soda Fountain tells the history of the very worst school explosion in history. The tragedy, which occurred on March 18, 1937, killed over 300 people-teachers, children, and visitors. At the time there were no odors put into gas, and no one was aware of the gas leak until it was too late. This museum pays tribute to those who passed, the families of these people, and those who survived.

At Jordan’s Plant Farm, you can find hundreds of plants, garden decor, pots and other containers, and even holiday decor. The Monte Verdi Cotton Plantation, a beautiful mansion that stands on the “green mountain”, is available for touring. The Howard Dickinson house is also available for touring, and it can also be rented for receptions, parties, etc., despite rumors of being haunted by ghosts at one point! It was the first brick home in Henderson, TX.

The Henderson Sports Complex has many things to offer. Boys Baseball Fields, Girls Softball Fields, a Basketball Pavilion, and Picnic Area are all included here. Sports that are played here are flag football, T-Ball, wrestling, cheerleading, and more. The Henderson Civic Theater is a great place in Henderson to catch a show, performed by Henderson’s finest. The theater even puts on a show by children after the end of their camp there in the summer.

On the second Saturday of every November, Henderson holds its annual Heritage Syrup Festival. The highlight of this festival is always the demonstration of making this syrup at the Depot Museum. This is not the only attraction, however. Lace making, rope making, basket making, blacksmithing, wood carving, quilting, and other skills from that time period are also presented. Antique tractors are put on display. Live folk music is played, while you are able to enjoy food and beverages around the festival. There is even a petting zoo available for the children.

There are many places to dine around Henderson. Sal’s Italian Restaurant is one of the locals’ favorites, along with Bob’s Bar-B-Que and Debbie’s Bistro. Hushpuppies, Cotton Patch Cafe, and Francisco’s are other great places to eat.

Henderson, TX has a lot to offer! And if you need a new roof or roof repair, be sure to reach us at