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The Sweet Life in Greenville

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Central Christian Church was organized in 1879. The Gothic Revival building, at 2611 Wesley Street, was completed in 1899 and includes beautiful art-glass windows.
Greenville, the seat of Hunt County, is just off of Interstate 30, about 50 miles northeast of Dallas. Write to the Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Box 1055, Greenville 75403-1055; 903/455-1510; www.greenville-chamber.org. The chamber offers a brochure for a self-guided walking tour of historic downtown, and a brochure on downtown shopping sites. Greenville's area code is 903.

The Puddin Hill Store is at 201 I-30 East (at Exit 95, on the eastbound service road, south side of I-30). Hours: Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5 (deli lunch hours: Mon-Sat 11-3). Call 455-6931; www.puddinhill.com. Check with the store for seasonal events such as the Bunny Hop Easter Tour and Puddin Hill Christmas. To schedule a tour of the candy kitchen, call 903/455-2651. To order products or to request a free catalog, write to Box 241 (75403), or call 800/545-8889.

The Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum is at 600 I-30 East (at Exit 95, on the westbound service road, north side of I-30). Hours: Tue-Sat 10-5; closed major holidays. Call 450-4502; www.cottonmuseum.com. The building, including all exhibits and the gift store, is wheelchair accessible.

Shopping

Greenville is known for bargain shopping; contact the chamber for details. Information on sites mentioned in the story follows:

Audrey Jean's Emporium ("antiques, uniques, tea room, and bakery") is at 2711 Lee St. Hours: Mon-Sat 10-5 (tearoom hours: Mon-Sat 11-2). Call 455-JEAN (-5326); www.greenville-texas.com/audreyjeans/index.htm.

Carolyn's Creations is at 2712 Lee St. in the former Texan movie theater. Hours: Tue-Sat 10-5. Call 455-6246.

Quilts & Keepsakes is also at 2712 Lee, in the theater building. Hours: Tue-Sat 10-5. Call 455-6760.

Lodging

In addition to several motels, Greenville has two B&Bs. Dairy Manor Bed & Breakfast is in the southeast part of town, at 5400 Bus. 69 South (450-0505, www.dairymanor.com). Audrey Jean's Always Christmas Bed & Breakfast is at 3611 Henry St., near downtown (450-8090, www.audreyjeans.com).

Nearby Sites

Administered by The Nature Conservancy, Mathews Prairie Nature Preserve is a 100-acre native blackland-prairie meadow that has never been plowed. Roots of some of the grasses extend 100 feet into the soil. It has been called "a little piece of wild America," with appeal for birders and other nature-lovers. Drive west from Greenville on US 380 about 4 1/4 miles, 2 miles north on FM 903, and 2 miles west on CR 1116 to CR 1119. The preserve sign is on the left at the intersection. Park by the road. There are no facilities.

Lake Tawakoni State Park, some 15 miles southeast of Greenville, offers excellent birding, as well as fishing, swimming, hiking, and camping. Call 903/560-7123; www.tpwd.state.tx.us.

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