Lakes Trail Region

Why watch a movie about an ideal Victorian town square when you can visit one in Granbury. The 1890 Second Empire-style Hood County Courthouse, restored inside and out, looms over the idyllic scene. The W.C. Dodson-designed, three-story limestone edifice features a central clock tower, metal mansard roof and cathedral-like courtroom. Surrounding the courthouse lies a 19th-century square. The elaborate 1880s Granbury Opera House (currently undergoing restoration) continues to stage live music and theater. In 1893 two blind entrepreneurs, the Nutt brothers, built a hand-hewn limestone mercantile building. In 1919 it became the Nutt Hotel, which continues to offer historic lodging, food and entertainment. Granbury’s central district offers more than a dozen other lodgings, plus horse-drawn carriage rides, varied shopping and fine dining in 19th-century buildings. A short walk from the square, explore history in the Hood County Museum, housed in an 1880s jail, and enjoy art, music and educational presentations in a Victorian home, now the Langdon Center. The 1887 depot’s genealogical center offers old family records, and the Brazos Drive-In offers new family movies at an authentic 1950s drive-in theater.