In 1871, a village called "Brooklyn, Texas" which included a school, church, lodge, general store, saloon and blacksmith shop was established. A post office opened in 1873 and the town was renamed Forned for noted railroad official John W. Forney. By 1891, Forney had become a bustling town that included a bank, opera house and two hotels.
Today, Forney's Historic Downtown District preserves the past while embracing the future. Downtown Forney includes City Hall, restaurants, professional businesses, unique restaurants, clothing boutiques and the Spellman Museum of Forney History. In addition to businesses that call Downtown Forney home, regular events and activities such as Christmas on Main, the Forney Farmer's Market and Turkey Trax Auto Show take place, which brings people to spend time in the heart of our community. The Forney Economic Development Corporation has renovated several buildings in Historic Downtown in order to revitalize the area and make it a special destination for locals and visitors. Other plans for Downtown include new parking plans which will begin construction in Summer 2016, as well as a Railroad Quiet Zone Project. Facade grants are also available through the Forney EDC for businesses within Downtown and the Central Business Transition Overlay District in order to provide improvement and aesthetic appeal to area buildings.
Watch the video below to learn more about the Historic Downtown District.
The Forney Downtown Business Association provides strategic planning, resources and support for downtown businesses. They are a partner in providing revitalization and promoting commerce activity for Downtown Forney.
The Forney Historic Preservation League brings local history alive through their work in preservation and partnership with the Spellman Museum of Forney History.