Serving as the seat of Grayson County, Sherman is a historic community that dates back to the 1840s. It is named after General Sidney Sherman, who played an important role in the Texas Revolution. The settlement flourished at the turn of the 20th century following the construction of the Denison and Sherman Railway.
Things to do in Sherman
In the north of Sherman is the Harber Wildlife Museum, which was created by Dorothy and Lacy Harber. It boasts one of the most complete collections of big game animals in the United States and showcases a range of artefacts from the African continent. You can get up close to life-like recreations of giraffes, lions and antelopes, as well as polar, brown and black bears.
Don’t miss the Sherman Jazz Museum, which occupies a Neoclassical Revival-style Masonic lodge that dates back to 1924. Today, it houses thousands of vinyl albums, musical instruments and jazz memorabilia, as well as a larger-than-life mural of Ella Fitzgerald. Among the collection are pieces of recording equipment from throughout the ages, such as a Thomas Edison original cylinder player.
Cultural and historical artefacts are on display at the Sherman Museum, which occupies a 1914-built Carnegie library and a Church of Christ building with beautiful stained-glass windows. Highlights of the collection are three oil-on-wood paintings created by Texan artist James Swann. The museum forms part of the Sherman Cultural District, which includes the Moderne-style Grayson County Courthouse.
Getting around Sherman
Sherman is around an hour’s drive from the centre of Dallas and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, which has flights to destinations across the globe. Regular buses connect to Sherman and travel throughout the city while renting a car will give you greater freedom to explore the area.