MEET ME UNDER THE PECAN TREE
Sherman’s first informal gathering place, the shade beneath a mammoth pecan tree located on the public square, accommodated judges and their courts, preachers and congregates, and tradesmen and their customers throughout the early 1800’s. The tree even served as outdoor post office. Letters were exchanged in the pockets of an old coat hung from its branches. Although the pecan tree is long gone, Sherman still provides places for citizens and visitors to gather and enjoy life.
Various organizations, including Sherman Tourism, Downtown Sherman NOW, Sherman Main Street, and the Sherman Cultural District host events throughout the year such as live concerts, wine strolls, festivals, parades, and more in Sherman’s beautiful, historic Downtown area. Sherman’s Downtown also features exciting dining, shopping, and entertainment options where visitors can get a taste of the local flavor while supporting small businesses The nearby Sherman Museum, housed in the former Sherman Public Library built in 1914, attracts crowds with more than 50,000 objects exploring the city’s heritage.
Sherman also provides a home to the Little Theater movement, a theatrical development in the 1920’s designed to bring dramatic productions to provincial settings through the founding of local community theaters. The Sherman Little Theater’s first production, “Old Man Minick”, debuted in 1926. Twenty-five years later, citizen actors incorporated the theater group as the Sherman Community Players and built the Finley Playhouse. The Playhouse continues to serve as primary stage for the Sherman Community Players today.
As seat of Grayson County, Sherman hosts the county courthouse; seven courthouses, in fact, over the course of the last one hundred and sixty-plus years. The most current permutation was built in 1936. Nearby, Sherman’s Federal Courthouse, a grand edifice built in 1907 and featuring a mix of Spanish Colonial Revival and Beaux Arts details, is both a State and National Historic Landmark.
Sherman boasts a state cultural district designated by the Texas Commission on the Arts. Explore all they have to offer on your next visit!