Kaufman was first settled in 1840 by 40 families led by Dr. William P. King of Mississippi, who purchased land and built a fort on a hilltop that overlooked his new home. The area became known as Kings Fort, and grew into the town of Kingsboro. In 1848, the town was part of the land taken from Henderson County to establish Kaufman County, and the town took on this name when it became the county seat.
Today, this city southeast of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex is home to several historic churches, including The Church of Our Merciful Savior (built in 1909), 500 S. Jackson St.; First Presbyterian Church of Kaufman (built in 1877), 400 E. Mulberry; Grace Christian Church, 504 S. Houston; and the First United Methodist Church of Kaufman (built in 1909), 208 S. Houston St.
Greenslade Drug, a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, was built in 1891. The Greenslade family ran the drug store from 1919 until 2006, making it the oldest continuously operated family pharmacy in Texas. On the town square at 111 W. Mulberry St.
The historic town square, with its turn-of-the-century buildings, hosts the annual Scarecrow Festival, held the fourth Saturday in October.
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