Wharton Economic Development Corporation
Wharton Economic Development Corporation

Don’t miss out on all that Wharton has to offer!   Our unique Downtown, known as Monterey Square, was established around the turn of the century and features many beautiful historic buildings.  Monterey Square is known for its restaurants and gift and antique shops where priceless and timeless treasures are just waiting to be found!  Enjoy seeing  one of the largest and most diverse collections of antique horse drawn carriages and coaches, from all over the world, spanning hundreds of years of history, at The Morris Carriage House located just east of town. This vast collection includes the carriage used by Vivian Liegh in the 1939 classic movie Gone With the Wind.  When carriages are used for special occasions, drivers and passengers often wear costumes of the era.  Marvel at Texas History, in the quaint little town of Egypt, just a few short miles west of Wharton, and enjoy a guided tour of the Historic Egypt Plantation. Visit the Plantation Home, Museum, early Santa Fe Railroad Depot and Slave Cabin which were all built in the early 1800’s.

Nature Lovers will enjoy camping, canoeing, guided trails hikes and seasonal game hunting while visiting Karankawa Plains, located on the historic Shanghai Pierce Ranch. Water fowl hunters, outfitters and salt water fisherman will enjoy hunting a variety of ducks and geese on the Ranch.  Fisherman will enjoy fishing for trout, redfish and flounder in Matagorda Bay, about an hour’s drive from Wharton.

The Wharton Chamber of Commerce has an on line calendar of events which highlights daily and monthly activities in Wharton. The Wine and Arts Fair, Rotary Club Gala, Golf Tournaments, Lion’s Club Pancake Supper, City Wide Garage Sale, Chocolate Walk, Wharton County Junior College Concerts, Community Plays and Wharton ISD activities are only a few of the ongoing events in Wharton. After a day of shopping, touring, sightseeing and dining, relax in one of our newly remodeled hotels or enjoy the atmosphere in your very own tee pee, at our famous TeePee Motel, one of Wharton’s most eye catching historic locations, just on the outskirts of town.

  The Plaza Theater
Originally founded as the Community Theatre, is located on the west side of the square, and through fundraisers, grants and donations has been completely restored to its all its former glory.  The Theatre hosts live musical and theatrical performances throughout the year featuring an all-volunteer cast of local performers. The illuminated marquee adds classic charm to a glimpse of the past.  The Plaza is a nonprofit organization and is one of the region’s leading centers for the Performing Arts. Call 979-532-1040 for performance dates and ticket information, or visit their website at whartonplazatheater.org.

The Wharton County Courthouse
Located in the heart of our Down Town Square, was designed in the late 1800’s by famed architect Eugene Heiner. The building has been completely restored to its original 1889 Victorian status and grandeur and was featured in the PBS television documentary, The Golden Age of Texas Courthouses.  Each year, at the start of the Annual Holiday Parade in November, the entire building and all of the surrounding trees are completely illuminated with beautiful Christmas lights to show our community holiday spirit!
 
  Riverfront Park
Is nestled under the 1930’s Highway 59 Bridge which was featured in the LCRA’s 2000 Calendar of distinctive bridges along the lower Colorado River. The park has a relaxing atmosphere for picnics and day use with tables, barbecue pits and restrooms.  Stroll along the bank, fish from the pier or just sit and enjoy nature at its best.  See a life-sized dinosaur sculpture at the west end of the Park and enjoy great Mexican food at Los Cucos Restaurant, conveniently located between the bridge and the park, overlooking the scenic banks of the Colorado River. .
WHARTON COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM and the 20th CENTURY TECHNOLOGY MUSEUM
Are located at 3615 North Richmond Road, in Wharton. The County Museum was founded in 1979 and moved to its present location in 1990. Among the many attractions in the County Museum are the Johnson Wild Game Trophy Room and the Texas Gulf Sulphur Room. It also features many historical and seasonal displays. The 20th Century Technology Museum features a collection of everyday objects of technology developed during the 20th Century and serves as a unique educational center for better understanding the timeline of products we use today. Visit their websites at whartoncountyhistoricalmuseum.com and  20thcenturytech.com



 
Need more Information? please contact WEDC at 979-532-0999 with any questions you may have. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can.
David L, Schroeder, Executive Director
1944 North Fulton • Wharton, Texas 77488
Office: 979-532-0999 • Toll Free: 866-532-0999
Cell: 979-531-9015 • Fax: 979-532-5257
Email: wedc1@sbcglobal.net
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