Texas' easternmost city on the Sabine River boundary with Louisiana;
established 1836, the year of Texas' independence. Named for landmark
of wild orange groves on banks of the Sabine, as cited by early
French and Spanish boatmen. Today Orange is both a recreational
and industrial portal to Texas. Abundant fresh and saltwater fishing;
hunting and bird watching in vast coastal marshes.
A walking tour map of downtown, available from the chamber of
commerce at 1012 Green Ave., visits such sites as the central
fire station where an antique fire engine and fire fighting memorabilia
are displayed, plus other historic or interesting structures.
The First Presbyterian Church with its opalescent glass dome and
stained glass windows is worth visiting. Its modified Greek Revival
architecture is striking. The exterior is native Texas pink granite;
lampposts are bronze, Napoleonic Second Empire Period. At 902
W. Green Ave.
BROWN CENTER OF LAMAR UNIV., THE
HERITAGE HOUSE MUSEUM
LUTCHER THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
PINEY WOODS COUNTRY WINES
PORT OF ORANGE
RAINBOW AND VETERANS BRIDGE
STARK MUSEUM OF ART
SUPER GATOR AIRBOAT TOUR
TRAVEL INFORMATION CENTER
W. H. STARK HOUSE
- BROWN CENTER OF LAMAR UNIV., THE-Built
as family residence for oilman Edgar Brown, whose wife wanted
a Southern Plantation house like "Linden" in Natchitoches,
LA. Brown re-created the house where the family resided. The property
was given to Lamar Univ. by the Brown family where it is used
as a conference center today. Open Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
(Group tours by appointment only.) 4205 Park Ave. Admission.
- CHEMICAL ROW-Miles long complex
of modern plants producing myriad products derived from petroleum.
An impressive drive day or night on F.M. 1006 south and southwest.
- COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE-Excellent
200 seat little theater with several productions a year; summer
children's theater. Inquire locally for schedule. 700 Division
- FARMER'S MERCANTILE-Fabulous
browsing among incredible variety of farm, ranch, and agricultural
items on display, from horse collars and 19th Century cream crocks
to modern hybrid seeds and pH soil testers; 6th and Division Sts.
- HERITAGE HOUSE MUSEUM-Large,
rambling, two story structure built as home in 1902; listed in
the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a Recorded
Texas Historic Landmark. Changing historical exhibits plus authentic
room settings with period furnishings. Open Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-
4 p.m. Closed holidays. 905 W. Division St. Admission.
- LUTCHER THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS-The
1,500 seat theater of spectacular modern design showcases concerts,
musical comedies, opera and drama. Inquire locally for current
schedule; 7th and Front Sts. downtown.
- PINEY WOODS COUNTRY WINES-Specializing
in wines from locally grown fruits, berries, and Muscadine grapes,
takes name from location in the piney woods. The winery is set
among parklike woods, orchards, and vineyards. Usually open for
tastings year round Mon.-Sat. 9:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., Sun 1:30 p.m.-
5:30 p.m. (Some weekend and vacation closings, call ahead for
confirmation 409/883-5408) Group tours by appointment only.
- PORT OF ORANGE-Deep-water terminal
42 miles inland at junction of Sabine-Neches and Gulf Intracoastal
Waterway. Port not open to casual visitors, but views available
along Border St. from downtown.
- RAINBOW AND VETERANS BRIDGE-A
high, graceful arc on Texas 87 spans the Neches River joining
Orange and Bridge City on the north with Port Arthur to the south.
The two-lane, vintage Rainbow Bridge, completed 1938, spans salt
marshes and industrial river channel for 1.5 miles including approaches.
The bridge's 177-foot clearance height resulted from requirement
that any U.S. Navy ship could pass under; tallest ship of the
Navy's 1938 fleet was a dirigible tender than never sailed up
- VETERAN'S BRIDGE was completed
in 1991; with 143 foot navigation clearance, it is first cable-stayed
bridge on Texas highways. Park at south end has playground, picnicking,
and good view of bridge and ships in the intracoastal waters.
- STARK MUSEUM OF ART-Facility created
to showcase outstanding collections. Changing exhibits plus paintings
of Taos School of New Mexico, work of Audobon, Remington bronzes,
Steuben crystal, porcelain sculpture, Indian art and artifacts.
Open Wed.- Sat. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m. Closed holidays.
712 Green Ave.
- SUPER GATOR AIRBOAT TOUR-Travel
through the beauty of the swamplands with giant cypress trees,
Spanish moss, swamp flowers, and birdlife. Minimums apply. Tours
available May-September 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. 106 E. Lutcher; 409/883-7725
- TRAVEL INFORMATION CENTER-One
of the centers provided by state at key highway entrances to Texas,
in State Capitol and at Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center in Langtry.
Operated daily, except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas
Day, and New Year's Day. Staffed by uniformed, trained travel
counselors, services free to all visitors include information,
maps, literature about every part of state and expert help in
charting routes. At Texas-Louisiana state line, I-10 three miles
northeast of downtown; operated by Texas Department of Transportation.
- W. H. STARK HOUSE-Opened in 1981
after 10 year restoration, the 15 room, 1894 Victorian mansion
is a distinctive example of the era's architectural elegance.
Period furnishings accented by displays of superb cut glass, rare
porcelains, imported bronzes, and Oriental antiques. Visitation
by tour only (includes stair climbing); reservations advisable.
Tours start at carriage house; no children under 14; each child
14 and over the responsibility of one adult. Tours Tues.-Sat.
at 10, 11, & 11:30 a.m., 1, 2, & 3 p.m. 610 W. Main St.
at Stark Civic Complex. Admission.
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