The delightful Richardsonian Romanesque Wise County Courthouse

The Best Little Courthouses in Texas!

Denton and Decatur

One day tour

Texas is blessed with the nation’s best collection of 19th and 20th century courthouses, colorful and interesting monuments to democracy on a local level.

Denton County (Denton) has recently restored their magnificent edifice to its Renaissance Revival glory, and opened a museum of local history and culture to perpetuate the legacy of the County. Wise County (Decatur) boasts one of the most impressive public structures in Texas, well worth seeing and photographing.

What would a visit to a small Texas town be without checking out the antique stores around the square. Both these cities contain squares full of vibrant stores and cafes. We have set aside time for you to enjoy all of that in both towns. Don't forget your checkbook and credit card.

Sure you've seen courthouses before, but you haven't seen them like this!

About Your Guide

Your tour will be led by ROSE-MARY RUMBLEY, reputed to be Dallas’ most sought after speaker. She has authored four books, A Century of Class; The Unauthorized History of Dallas; Dallas, Too, all humorous books about Dallas; and What, No Chili?, a children's book about Texas festivals. Rose-Mary is also an accomplished actress, having appeared in the movie Paper Moon with Tatum and Ryan O’Neal, and in several TV productions. She has acted with John Davidson, Ginger Rogers, Van Johnson and Ruta Lee. She was the Chair of the Drama Department at Dallas Baptist University for twelve years and served for seven years on the staff of First Baptist Church of Dallas. Her husband whom she married the day after her college graduation is a percussionist formerly with the Fort Worth Symphony and now playing in ensembles of all kinds all over North Texas. They have raised two children and are now proud grandparents who love to spoil their grandkids.

No one can entertain and educate you like Rose-Mary! Come spend the day with her as you see these two outstanding examples of Texas history and architecture.

Tour Highlights

Based on your schedule, fascinating museums in either or both towns can be added on to the tour, such as the

  • Collection of the Inaugural Ball Gowns of the First Ladies of Texas, at Texas Woman’s University in Denton.
  • The Wise County Heritage Museum in the old Decatur Baptist College.
  • The Bayless-Selby Home in Denton, a delightful Queen Anne-style home.
  • Or, take driving tours of the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University.
  • Or, see the picturesque bridges of Denton County, relics of early day travel in North Texas.

Special add-on possibility: Winetasting at Brushy Creek Winery north of Decatur! A great way to wind up the day!


The Renaissance Revival Denton County Courthouse

Tour Includes

The price of your tour of the DENTON AND DECATUR COURTHOUSES includes:

  • Luxury motorcoach transportation.
  • Drinks and snacks on board the motorcoach.
  • Gratuity for the driver.
  • Tours of both Courthouses and museums.