From the narrow red brick streets lined by colorful 19th-century storefronts to the state-of-the-art planetarium, the past, present, and future converge in a place unlike anywhere else: Corsicana.
Explore the gorgeous downtown area full of antique shops, boutiques, and entertainment venues, discover the historic neighborhoods, and enjoy the great outdoors as you fish in one of the three nearby lakes. All the while, you’ll be greeted by the friendly folks who call Corsicana home. Ideal for romantic weekend getaways, family vacations, and outdoor adventures, this North Texas town is a prime destination for all ages and interests.
Although Corsicana is imbued with an abundance of small-town charm, don’t let its quaint nature fool you. This town has a history as big as the great state of Texas. After all, it was here that the first discovery of oil west of the Mississippi River happened, kick starting the Texas petroleum industry and forever reshaping the Lone Star State. To see where it all happened, visit Petroleum Park. Here you’ll see an oil derrick and a plaque that details the history of the site. Then explore the historic log structures and get a glimpse of life on the Texas frontier at the Pioneer Village, which is also home to a museum dedicated to country icon and Corsicana native Lefty Frizzell.
Speaking of museums, Corsicana’s span generations and genres. Stop by The Pearce Museum to admire the significant collection of letters, photographs, and artifacts from the Civil War, as well as a Western Art gallery with 250 paintings, sculptures, and more. The Capehart Communications Collection showcases nearly 100 years of telecommunications equipment and other gadgets, while the Glenn Cumbie Museum of Aviation & Military History features a stunning collection of uniforms and other pieces of history.
The lines between the past and present are often blurred in Corsicana, with its gorgeous downtown area being the best example of this. Stroll down the wide tree-shaded sidewalks and you’ll pass antique shops, florists, and a wide array of restaurants and cafes. Follow the enticing aromas of baked bread to the original Collins Street Bakery to try the world-renowned fruitcake. The downtown area is one of three National Register of Historic Places in Corsicana, with the other two (Carriage District and Mills Place) being neighborhoods full of beautifully restored homes.
If you’re in the mood for a breathtaking show, Corsicana has plenty to offer. Explore the universe at the Cook Center Planetarium, the second largest planetarium in Texas located on the campus of Navarro College. Then see a top-class play, musical, or drama at the two performing arts venues in Corsicana – the Palace Theatre or the Warehouse Living Arts Center. For dinner and a show, or to get in some line dancing, giddy on up to the Corsicana Opry & Event Center. Check each venue’s website to see an upcoming list of shows.
Corsicana has plenty for fans of art, architecture, and history, but it’s also a great place to get outdoors. Three scenic lakes that afford some of the best fishing in Texas are just a stone’s throw away. This includes the massive Richland Chambers Reservoir, the third largest lake in the state that is known for its excellent catfish, crappie, and white and hybrid striped bass fishing and its 330 miles of shoreline. For a round of golf, look no further than Oak Trails Golf Course, a nine-hole public course set among rolling hills and mature trees.
Given all the things to see and experience, a trip to Corsicana is a no brainer. Situated less than an hour south of Dallas, it is a great small-town getaway that has plenty to see and experience.