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2010 Census - 1,604
2000 Census - 1,740
Whitewright, Texas
Whitewright Texas History:
In 1878, the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railroad built through Grayson County. William Whitewright purchased a track of land along the proposed tract, had it surveyed and began selling lots. The rich farmland and the presence of the railroad attracted a large number of settlers to the area. When Whitewright incorporated in the lake 1880s, it had the private Grayson College, a public school, a newspaper, and several businesses, including three hotels, two cotton gins, and two banks. The town was the commercial and shipping center for area farmers. The Whitewright post office was established in 1888. By the mid-1920s the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railway and the Cotton Belt Railway served the town. Whitewright is located approximately 15 miles south of the Oklahoma state line at the intersections of U.S. 69, SH 11 and FM 697, 18.4 miles southeast of Sherman, 56.7 miles southwest of Paris, 17.6 miles southwest of Bonham and Bonham State Park, 51 miles northwest of Cooper, 34 miles northwest of Greenville, and 30 miles northeast of McKinney, Texas.
Whitewright Historical Museum:
Located in a historic home, the museum features exhibits, period furniture, MKT Railroad information, an old school room, and photographs and other items depicting the history of Whitewright. Open by appointment. Louisa: (903) 364-2873.(903) 364-5166. 202 S. Bond Street.
Crystal Opry House at Melody Ranch, Bluegrass Music & Festivals, Tom Bean, TX:
The opry house hosts a bluegrass show the first Saturday of each month. Jam Sessions and shows offering classic country, bluegrass, and southern gospel begin at 7pm unless otherwise noted; doors open at 6pm. They also offer several multi-day bluegrass festivals each year. Amenities include the air conditioned opry house, concessions, campsites and restrooms. (903) 546-6893. Melody Ranch is located at 1977 White Mound Road (off SH. 902), near Tom Bean, Texas. Email 
Whitewright Public Library:
Memberships are free. The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, books on tape and CD, over 1500 DVDs and VHS tapes, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon-Wed & Fri, 10am-noon; 1pm-5:30pm; Thu, 10am-noon and 1pm-7pm; closed Saturday and Sunday. (903) 364-2955. 200 W. Grand Street.
Odeum Movie Theater:
This theater shows first run movies. New features begin each Friday. Movies are shown Wed-Sat, at noon and 7pm. (903) 364-9939. 114 W. Grand Street.
American Legion's 4th Monday Trade Days:
This American Legion event is held the weekend before the 4th Monday of each month at the American Legion Park at 201 West Pine Street. (972) 841-2099. 
Annual Wine & Rose Tour, May:
This event is hosted by the chamber of commerce and local wineries, gardeners and nurserys. This event is open on Friday, 10am-5pm, and Sat, 1pm-5pm. Tour maps are available from the chamber. (903) 364-2000.113 W. Grand Street, Whitewright, TX 75491. Email
Annual Tri County Fishing Festival at Waterloo Lake, Mid-Sept:
This event is open to senior citizens age 50 and over in Grayson, Fannin and Cooke Counties. Open 8am-noon; lunch is served at noon. (903) 463-5116. (903) 892-7316. This event is held at Waterloo Lake at 1101 Waterloo Lake Road in Denison, Texas.
Annual Fall Bluegrass Festival at Melody Ranch, Sept:
This four day event features live bluegrass music, jamming, indoor air conditioned shows (seating provided), concessions, and camping. The festival begins with a Wednesday night potluck that is free for campers; others pay a small fee. RV sites offer water and 30 or 50 amps electric. Primitive camping is available for $5. Showers and dump station are available. Information: (903) 271-4260 or (972) 752-5223. This event is held at the Chrystal Opry House at Melody Ranch RV Park, 1977 White Mound Road off SH 902; southeast of Sherman between Howe and Tom Bean, Texas; (903) 546-6893. Email
Annual Grand Street Fall Festival, 1st Saturday in Nov: 
Activities include live music, a custom car show, arts and crafts, merchandise and food vendors, wine tastings from local wineries, the CASA sanctioned North Texas Firefighters Chili Cook-off, and kids entertainment. Open 9am-4pm. Admission and parking are free. This event is held at the intersection of Bond Street (FM 898) and Grand Street (FM 151). (903) 364-2000. Email
Annual Christmas Parade & Lighting of the Lights, Dec:
Activities include a parade, the tree lighting, live entertainment, a visit by Santa, and the Whitewright Chamber of Commerce’s annual Gingerbread House decorating contest. The houses will be on display at 111 W. Grand; residents may vote on their favorite. The parade begins at the American Legion Hall and travels north on Bond Street, then west on Grand Street. (903) 364-2000. Email
Grayson Hills Winery, Whitewright, TX:
The tasting room is open Saturday and Sunday, 1pm-6pm, and weekdays by appointment. (903) 627-0832. 2815 Ball Road, Whitewright, TX. Whitewright is located at the intersections of U.S. 69, SH 11 and FM 697, 12 miles southeast of Sherman, Texas. Email 
Lenior-Sage Vineyards, Bells, TX: 
The tasting room is open Sat-Sun, 1pm-6pm and by appointment. (903) 821-6773. They are located at 2277 Hayden Hall Road, Bells, Texas 75415. Bells is located at the intersections of U.S. 69, U.S. 82 and SH 56, 12 miles east of Sherman, Texas. Email  Bells Texas Map  Bells Area Map   
Clausen Gourd Farm:
Roger and Debbie Clausen raise and sell gourds. (903) 364-5475. 5835 East Line Road. Email 
Native Son Ranch:
They raise grass fed Black Angus beef and sell whole or half a beef. NSR's beef processor of choice is Fischer's Meat Market, in Muenster, Texas. Mike: (903) 819-9199. Teri: (903) 819-0390. Ranch: 727 Gordon Road, Whitewright, TX 75491. Email
Triple R Barbeque:
They serve very good barbeque. (903) 364-9999. 504 U.S. 69, Whitewright. Reviews    
Romano’s Pizza Cafe, Van Alstyne: 
They serve really good pizza. (903) 482-0606. 207 East Marshall Street, Van Alstyne, TX 75495. Reviews