In 1840's it was discovered that the seat of Anderson County,
a village called Houston (not the major city of Harris County)
was two miles off center. Taking literally the legislature's guidelines
that county seats should be at center of counties, new town of
Palestine was created as county seat; former community faded away.
more than 1600 historic landmarks are found here with self-guided
walking tour brochures available from Tourist Information Center.
CIVIL WAR EXHIBIT
DAVEY DOGWOOD PARK
EILENBERGER'S BUTTERNUT BAKING COMPANY
ENGELING WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA
MUSEUM FOR EAST TEXAS
PALESTINE COMMUNITY FOREST
SCIENTIFIC BALLOON BASE
TEXAS STATE RAILROAD
TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER
- CIVIL WAR EXHIBIT-One of the
largest collections of the War Between the States memorabilia
in East Texas. Collections of firearms, photographs, engravings,
art, and many Union documents, uniforms, and more. Open third
Sat. of month; in Palestine Mall. 2000 S. Loop 256.
- DAVEY DOGWOOD PARK-More than 200
acres in picturesque landscape of rolling hills, clear flowing
streams, forests and meadows; picnic areas and scenic overlooks
from paved roads winding through the park; featured area during
annual Texas Dogwood Trails, late Mar.-early Apr. Just north of
Palestine on N. Link St. For dogwood information call Texas Dogwood
Trails Inc. 903/729-7275 or write 400N. Queen, Palestine, TX 75801
- EILENBERGER'S BUTTERNUT BAKING COMPANY-Famous
since 1898 for fruit cakes baked from an Old World recipe. Also
pies, cakes and specialty items. 512 N. John St. 903/729-2253.
- ENGELING WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA-11,000
acre wildlife habitat with deer, fox, wolves, squirrels, rabbits,
alligators, coyotes and bountiful birds. Fishing and day-use campsites.
North of U.S. 287, 20 miles northwest.
- MUSEUM FOR EAST TEXAS Culture-Rooms
in old (1915) schoolhouse display artifacts and special interest
exhibits. One authentic vintage classroom. Railroad memorabilia,
including refurbished caboose; recorded Texas Historic Landmark
and listed on the national Register of Historic Places. Open Tues.-Sat.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m. Admission (free Tues.) In Reagan
Park, 400 Micheaux Ave. 903/723-1914.
- PALESTINE COMMUNITY FOREST-700
acres of pines and hardwoods with scenic drives leading to four
lakes. Fishing, boating, and picnicking. Sumac, yaupon and sweetgum
trees add accents of brilliant color during autumn. Texas 19/U.S.
287 a few miles northwest of Palestine.
- PILGRIM CHURCH-Authentic reconstruction
of original 1833 house of worship, said to be the first Protestant
church in Texas. Four miles south of Elkhart on F.M. 861 (not
shown on most maps).
- SCIENTIFIC BALLOON BASE-Operated
by NASA. Balloons as large as 300 feet in diameter periodically
launched to make studies of upper atmosphere and outer space.
Tours may be arranged through public relations officer at the
base by calling 903/729-0271.
- TEXAS STATE RAILROAD-Operated
by Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. antique steam engines traverse
the 25.5 mile route to Rusk through dense East Texas woodlands.
Operates weekends Mar.-May; then daily except Tues. & Wed.
through first of Aug.; weekends through Oct. Reservations advisable
(In Texas call toll-free 1-800-442-8951 or 903/683-2561) On display
is the huge locomotive 610 that was restored to pull the Bicentennial
Freedom Train in 1976, an 1899 wooden T&P business car and
an old baggage car. Terminal is at state park four miles east
on U.S. 84. Fee for train ride.
- TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER-Literature
and maps on city and surrounding area, a self-guided walking tour
of downtown Palestine with informational plaques along the route,
and information on events and accommodations is available at the
chamber of commerce, open weekday business hours in the historic
(1914) Carnegie Library building at 502 N. Queen at Crawford St.
A photo collection of Palestine in its early days is on display.
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