Praries & Lakes
2010 Census - 3,046
2000 Census - 2,502
Van Alstyne, Texas
Van Alstyne Texas History:
The settlement of Mantua was established in the area during the 1850s. After Mantua was bypassed by the Houston and Texas Central Railway in 1872, town residents purchased land from the railroad and established the community of Van Alstyne at the tracks. The Van Alstyne post office was established in 1873, and the community incorporated in 1890 when it had 400 residents. By 1900, this farming center had 1,940 residents.Van Alstyne is located at the intersections of SH 5, U.S. 75, FM 3133 and FM 121, 27 miles south of Denison and Lake Texoma, 16 miles south of Sherman, 34 miles southwest of Bonham and Bonham State Park, 16.7 miles southwest of Whitewright, 45 miles northwest of Greenville, 25 miles northwest of Princeton and Lake Lavon, 47 miles northeast of Dallas, 18 miles northeast of McKinney, 46 miles northeast of Denton, 27.5 miles east of Lake Ray Roberts and Pilot Point, 36.7 miles southeast of Whitesboro, and 29 miles southeast of Collinsville, Texas.
Van Alstyne Museum:
The museum features exhibits depicting the history of Van Alstyne including a replica of an early 1900s country store, pioneer furnishings, household items and clothing, a 1900 pump organ, a model of the 1850 Mantua Liberty Christian Church, and photographs and documents. The museum is open May through September; call for hours and special appointments. (903) 482-6176. The museum is located in a historic dry goods store at 214-218 East Jefferson Street in downtown Van Alstyne, across from the city hall.   
Grayson County College, South Campus:
(903) 415-2500. 1455 W. Van Alstyne Parkway, 75495. Campus Map
Van Alstyne Public Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, Mango foreign language programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi.
Open Mon-Wed, 10am-6pm; Thu, Noon-6pm; Sat, 10am-2pm; closed Friday and Sunday. (903) 482-5991. 151 W. Cooper Street.
Van Alstyne Senior Center:
The center provides lunches, games, fitness and health programs, and entertainment for seniors. (903) 482-6341. 148 Main Street. Van Alstyne, TX 75495. Email
Wintergreen Farm:
Select and cut your own tree or ask them to cut it for you. The gift shop sells fresh wreaths, jams and jellies, gifts, ornaments, and baked items. (903) 364-2832. The farm is located at 2907 FM 121. Email
Big Orange Pumpkin (Patch) Farm, Gunter, TX:
This pumpkin patch was originally located in Celina, Texas. It has been moved to the Preston Trail Farms in Gunter, Texas. There are hundreds of pumpkins to choose from. Activities include hay bales for climbing and a hay bale maze, over 50 farm animals in the petting zoo, hayrides, and interactive farm signs for the children. The pumpkin farm is open daily, 8am-8pm. There is also a hardware store, and the Preston Trail Farms Café. (972) 382-4995. The farm is located at 15102 SH 289, Gunter, Texas 75078. Gunter is located 22.7 miles north of Frisco, 9.6 miles north of Celina, 22 miles northwest of Melissa, 16.7 miles northwest of Anna, 11 miles west of Van Alstyne, 13 miles east of Tioga, and 17 miles northeast of Pilot Point, Texas.

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 Great Big Van Alstyne Fall der All, 2nd to the Last Weekend in Oct:
Activities include the 7am-110am Friends of the Library breakfast, a scarecrow parade, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, a CASI sanctioned chili cook-off, a car show, a haunted house, live music, and children’s entertainment. The haunted house will be open the last two weekends in October. It is located in the old feed store on Marshall Street. (903) 482-6066.
Annual Fall Bazaar in Hunter, Texas, Oct:
This Historical Society event features arts and crafts, gift baskets, baked goods, and Halloween and Christmas items. This event is held at the Hilltop Haven Nursing Retirement Community at 308 East College Street in Hunter, Texas. All proceeds benefit the senior activities fund. (903) 433-1859. (972) 837-4277. Click on the above link for current contacts.
Annual Downtown Van Alstyne Trick or Treat, Last Saturday in Oct:
Children dress up in costumes and trick or treat the downtown merchants. The haunted house at the old feed store on Marshall Street will be open. This event is hosted by the Van Alstyne Chamber of Commerce.(903) 482-6066. Email
Annual Lord's Acre Harvest Festival, Nov:
Activities include children’s entertainment, a country store selling crafts and baked goods, a silent auction, a BBQ lunch and a live auction. This event is hosted by theFirst United Methodist Church at 303 South Preston Street. (903) 482-5505.Email  Facebook
Annual Van Alstyne Christmas Parade, Dec:
This event is hosted by the Van Alstyne Chamber of Commerce.(903) 482-6066. Email
Romano’s Pizza Cafe, Van Alstyne: 
They serve really good pizza. (903) 482-0606. 207 East Marshall Street, Van Alstyne, TX 75495. Reviews