Sherman is a. city in Grayson County, Texas, established in 1846 as a county seat. During and after the Civil War, north Texas outlaw bands led by Jesse James and William Quantrill were spending time in Sherman. Sherman is home to Austin College, the oldest college in Texas operating under its original charter. Sherman is located south of Lake Texoma, one of the largest reservoirs in Texas famous for its champion bass fishing, sailing, camping and hiking. Sherman is also home to the Sherman Jazz Museum and Outlaw Trails Museum. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge on the Red River protects migratory birds and offers hiking and bird-watching.

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1.Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge
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Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is located in northwestern Grayson County, Texas, on the Red River, on the Big Mineral Arm of Lake Texoma. Established as a haven for migratory birds, especially waterfowl, and other wildlife, this National Wildlife Refuge consists of water, marsh, and upland habitat. The Canada goose, with the population that can exceed 7,500 during fall, winter, and spring, is clearly the predominant species. Other species include the snow goose, greater white-fronted goose and a few of the smaller Ross's goose. There are plenty of recreational opportunities in the refuge. Visitors can observe wildlife and hike year around and hunt and fish in the open season. The refuge can also be toured by a private vehicle with help of a virtual interpreter.

Refuge Rd, Sherman, TX 75092, Phone: 903-786-2826

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2.Sherman Jazz Museum

Sherman Jazz Museum
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Sherman Jazz Museum in Sherman, Texas was founded by Bill Collins III in 2010 to promote the education, preservation and enjoyment of Jazz. The museum is housed in a former Masonic lodge, a Neo-Classical Revival building used by the Masons for 60 years. The museum exhibits include a large number of vinyl albums with liner notes. The Ella Fitzgerald, Big Band and Dance Band room features a large mural of Ella Fitzgerald, big bands’ artifacts and music and a number of trumpets once belonging to outstanding artists such as Doc Severinsen and Dizzy Gillespie. Among exhibits is recording equipment including the beautiful phonograph machines. One of them is a Thomas Edison original cylinder player.

201 E Lamar St, Sherman, TX 75090, Phone: 903-893-5673

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3.Outlaw Trails Museum

Outlaw Trails Museum
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The Outlaw Trails Museum is a local history museum located in Sherman, Texas, inside of the Touch of Class Antique Mall. The 2,500 square-foot museum is divided into the exhibits on local history, commerce, railroads, outlaws, political and Native American history. The exhibits include wartime items such as swords and bullets, and peace-time items such as wheelchairs and antique typewriters. There are also sections dedicated to the Civil War, Teddy Roosevelt’s visit in 1905 and the Butterfield Stage. There are even items related to the sinking of the Titanic, the first printing press in Grayson County, cameras of all kinds and more. One of our most popular exhibits is the ‘Toys through the Years’ display.

118 W Lamar St, Inside A Touch of Class Antique Mall, Sherman, TX 75090-7109

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4.Cellarman’s Pub and Brewery

Cellarman’s Pub and Brewery
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Cellarman's is a lively, fun pub opened in 1998 in Sherman, Texas, with 200 seats, 33 draughts, 100 bottled beers, great food and even better atmosphere. Their 1400 square foot brewery is attached to the pub and produces fine craft beers and sodas with particular attention to freshness, flavor and quality, bringing new beers from time to time. The star of their kitchen is their wood-fired stone oven that produces fabulous gourmet pizzas and other goodies. The menu includes great burgers, sandwiches, gyros, oysters, salads, fish and chips and more. The full bar offers more than 200 spirits, a single malt scotch bar, excellent selection of wines and specialty mixed drinks.

2130 Texoma Pkwy, Sherman, TX 75090, Phone: 903-813-0994

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5.Cackle and Oink BBQ

Cackle and Oink BBQ
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Cackle and Oink Barbecue is a popular roadside eatery in Sherman, Texas, with unpretentious cozy dining space, counter-serve and multiple award-winning barbecued food. You will know that the food is good by the tantalizing smell that will greet you at the always full parking lot. They call their style a hybrid or a melting pot of techniques and flavors. They start by dry rubbing and marinating their meats before smoking it over an applewoood fire for many hours. Their best seller is baby back ribs, which won multiple awards across the country. They also sell pulled pork, beef brisket, pulled chicken, turkey breast, hot links and jalapeno sausage, with large number of sides and four house-made sauces.

3210 Texoma Pkwy, Sherman, TX 75090, Phone: 903-891-3200

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