Start your historical tour of Granbury with the iconic Hood County Courthouse, originally built in 1891 and topped with a three-story clock tower. Tours are available during normal courthouse hours. Special times can be arranged by contacting the Hood County Judge’s office at 817-579-3200. Next up, experience and explore how the county’s rebels and law-breakers spent their time at the Hood County Jail Museum, originally built in 1885. Any history buff will certainly want to stop by the Bridge Street History Center, which is dedicated to preserving and telling the stories of Granbury and Hood County’s early inhabitants and founding families. For lunch head over to Babe’s Chicken Dinner House on the Square for traditional fried chicken, chicken fried steak, catfish and more, all served family style with classic sides. Afterwards, spend some time at some of Granbury’s fantastic antique shops. There are many located on the Square, Pearl Street, and other easy to find locations around town. For dinner, try out Farina’s Winery & Café. The beautifully restored building lends an ambiance to your meal, while their modern twists on traditional American and Italian fare promise to please any palette. Evening activities with a hint of nostalgia include seeing a movie at the Brazos Drive-In, or catching a musical performance featuring hit songs of yesteryear at the Big City Music Revue.
After a great night’s rest, head downtown for a hot breakfast at the Nutshell Eatery & Bakery. You’ll also want to make a special stop at the Granbury Historic Railroad Depot, which is the home of the Hood County Genealogical Society Research Archive. For lunch, fuel up with your choice of BBQ or Cajun inspired dishes at Pearl St. Station. There are many historic properties to tour and see in Granbury, but perhaps one of the most fascinating and beautiful is the Iron Horse Inn. You’ll want to call ahead to make reservations. Be sure to ask about the unexpected connection between this property and the Harlem Renaissance. For a taste of German Heritage and cuisine, relax at Ketzler’s Schnitzel Haus & Biergarten on the Square. The original courtyard and authentic German atmosphere is the perfect place to relax before the evening’s activities. If you’re up for a little ghost hunting, take the Ghosts & Legends Tour, which is held twice every Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., leaving from the Wagon Yard Courtyard on Bridge Street. Private tours are also available. If you’re up for a real adventure, make reservations for the Last Mile Cemetery Tour at 10:15 on Friday or Saturday night. Bring a flashlight, good walking shoes and perhaps a hand or two to hold, as you visit the graves of Granbury’s famous and infamous.
YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS…
Named one of the seven best ghost tours in the country by Frommer’s Travel Guides, the tour is led by guides in period costumes who regale guests with tales of spirits who haunt the stoops and hallways of Granbury’s historic establishments.
Originally built in 1886, the Opera House has been painstakingly renovated to the period, boasting elaborate imported chandeliers, elegant twin curved staircases, the original limestone walls, filigreed iron balcony railings, pressed tin-inspired acoustic ceiling tiles and currently hosts productions from the Granbury Theatre Company.
This museum celebrates Americana with an extensive doll collection, including celebrity look-alike dolls, GI Joes, Girl Scout dolls and Madame Alexander’s Little Women dolls.
A log cabin built in 1858 by Austin Yeats for his family, the carefully preserved home allows visitors to see how settlers lived in the mid-1800s and offers handmade gift items by local artisans. Learn as you watch reenactments, portrayed by dedicated and talented history lovers.
UNIQUE LODGING OPTIONS
Located on the Northeast corner of the Square, the Nutthouse Hotel’s storied past is only superseded by its comfort and tranquility.
Take a step back in time at this relaxing and conveniently located Bed & Breakfast, which has been featured on Good Morning Texas for its unique style and historic feel.
These private, cozy cottages are conveniently located near the downtown district, and are surrounded by magnificent 300-year old spreading oaks. Each of the uniquely designed Bed and Breakfast cottages at the Pomegranate House offer a tranquil setting where you can relax after a day of exploration and entertainment.
Spend peaceful time in the country, you will be amidst Oak Trees, sit on the front porch and have an evening of wonder, gaze at the star filled skies, moonlight and precious privacy make this 1867 Texas relocated dog trot log house an ideal retreat from your fast paced life
The charming cabins at this unique bed and breakfast, located in nearby Tolar, are surrounded by nature and serenity. The west facing porches are a perfect place to watch the sun set, while the surrounding provide excellent photo opportunities with windmills, wildflowers and more.