Founded officially in 1858, the city of Hamilton (as well as Hamilton County) is named after James Hamilton, Jr., a wealthy South Carolina attorney and politician who loaned funding to the Republic of Texas in its beginnings. Recognized as the Dove Capital of Texas, Hamilton offers a historic and thriving community. An abundance of events, open spaces, history, art, and music keep the town bustling. At the crossroads of U.S. Highway 281 and State Highway 36 in Central Texas, you will find unique shopping, friendly folks, and beautiful views. Hamilton blends the perfect combination of historical appreciation and opportunity for the future. Hard work, agriculture, community engagement, and a family atmosphere are just a few pieces that put together the Hamilton way of life.
Hamilton has no shortage of choices when it comes to restaurants! From American (The Grain Drafthouse & Eatery, Central Perk, Storm’s Hamburger Inc., and One Way Coffee & Pizza), Mexican (El Jardin, Frida’s Mexican Restaurant, and Taco Loco), Italian (Giovanni’s II), and barbecue (Nita & Glen’s BBQ), you and the family will have plenty of options to choose from. You can also spend a day relaxing at Red Wing Dove Winery while snacking on locally-sourced charcuterie boards and sipping on local wines.
Hamilton is a popular Hill Country destination for dove, hog, turkey, white-tailed deer, and quail hunting. Pecan Creek Park has trails, disc golf, and playgrounds for outdoor fun. Hamilton City Lake offers restricted recreational activities and abundant fishing.
Open Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. The Hamilton County Historical Museum houses a collection of articles significant to Hamilton County, Indian artifacts, period clothing, World War II pictures, and much more. Housed in the former Hamilton County Jail, built in 1938, the two-story structure is adjacent to the fire station which houses a fire truck from the past. The Gravesite of Billy the Kid (aka “Brushy Bill”) is located in Oakwood Cemetery just north of Hamilton. Coming in May of 2022, the Hamilton Texas Veterans Memorial, built to honor military Veterans of Hamilton County. The memorial will be located on the property of the museum.
Arts & Entertainment
Circle T Resort and Arena hosts various events, including Youth & Adult Rodeos, Barrel Racing, Team Roping, Ranch Sorting, Cutting, Calf Roping, Bull Riding, and Training Clinics. On-site lodging or RV parking is available, two covered rodeo arenas and restaurants. Downtown Hamilton offers unique shopping and art galleries, such as the Ramsey Collection, Bill Chappell Art, Pecan Creek Outfitters, Burlap Rose, Hamilton Floral and more. The Greater Hamilton Civic Theatre has regular showings of community theatre plays showing throughout the year.
Standard Hamilton Events include, Dove Festival – Labor Day Weekend, and Christmas on the Square – First Saturday in December.