historic sites, including the Main
Street District. Home to the Texas
State Railroad and Dogwood Trails,
Palestine is graced with stately homes,
gorgeous scenic drives and a Texas
friendly welcome that offers a true
Established in 1846, Palestine
continues its tradition of small-town
hospitality. We invite you to visit
Historic Palestine and experience
our attractions, exciting events,
unique shopping, and local flavor –
recently named one of the top
Travel Destinations in Texas.
ART & CULTURE
HOWARD HOUSE MUSEUM
Built in 1851, the Howard House belonged to Colonel
George Howard and his wife. It is listed on the National
Register of Historic Places as one of the finest examples
of Greek revival architecture remaining in Texas.
This museum contains period furnishings and exhibits.
Open for tours and special events by appointment only.
1011 N. Perry St. 903-723-0268
MUSEUM FOR EAST TEXAS CULTURE
Rooms in this 1915 schoolhouse display artifacts and
special interest exhibits. Exhibits include an authentic
vintage classroom, a log cabin, a railroad memorabilia
room and much more. It is a recorded Texas Historic
landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic
Places. Open Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission
charge. Located in Reagan Park, 400 Micheaux Ave.
903-723-1914 or visit www.museumpalestine.org
PALESTINE MAIN STREET ART TRACKS
The Palestine Art Tracks Sculpture Exhibit is a juried
outdoor art exhibit. Each piece is on loan for one
year and rotated every October. The outdoor pieces,
designed by artists from all over the state, are placed in
prominent locations throughout the Main Street District.
The Texas Theatre, home of Palestine Community
Theatre, is the crown jewel of downtown Palestine and
the finest venue for live entertainment in East Texas. This
historic structure, located at 213 W. Crawford St., is
a prime example of Spanish Colonial architecture and
was designed as an atmospheric movie palace when it
opened in 1930. www.outhousetickets.com
ANDERSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE
Built in 1914, the Anderson County Courthouse,
features beaux-arts architecture with a
double-spiral staircase and a beautiful stained
glass montage in the dome. Open to the public
Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 500 N. Church St.
BRALY BUILDERS SUPPLY COMPANY
Housed in a 1938 elementary school, this
locally-owned store & Texas landmark was
recently named “The Coolest Hardware Store
on the Planet.” Located at 420 W. Palestine Ave.
The historic structure is one of only thirteen
remaining Carnegie Library buildings in the State
of Texas. Built in 1914, the building became a
registered Texas Historical Landmark in 1970.
Located at 502 N. Queen Street.
COLUMBIA SCIENTIFIC BALLOON FACILITY
Operated by New Mexico State University
for NASA, balloons as large as 300 feet in
diameter are built to conduct studies of the
upper atmosphere and outer space. To arrange
a tour, contact the public relations officer at
HISTORIC ANDERSON COUNTY JAIL
In 1931, this art deco style building, located
at 704 Avenue A, was built and served as the
county jail for almost 55 years. Today, the historic
facility is home to events year-round, including
the Haunted Little Jail in October and the
Grinch’s Lair during November & December.
For tours contact 903-373-8158.
PALESTINE MAIN STREET DISTRICT
A Texas Main Street City that covers 44 blocks
of Downtown, Old Town and the Courthouse
Square. Enjoy historic architecture, shopping,
antiques, restaurants and more. For more
information visit www.palestinemainstreet.org.
An authentic reconstruction of the original 1833
house of worship, said to be the first Protestant
church in Texas. Take 287 to Elkhart; right on
294, into Elkhart; cross RR tracks and turn left on
861, church is on the left.
TEXAS STATE RAILROAD
A Texas treasure since 1881, the Texas State
Railroad hosts events such as the Polar Express™
Train Ride in November & December, year
round rail dining on The Pullman Table Dinner
& Brunch Trains, Fall Foliage and much more.
PALESTINE VISITOR CENTER
Located in a restored railroad depot more than
120 years old, the Center offers travel literature
which includes state and regional materials,
maps of the city and surrounding area, a
self-guided tour of Palestine and information
on events and accommodations. Informational
brochures and personal assistance for tourists
are available during business hours. Tours and
convention group assistants are available upon
advanced request. The Palestine Visitors Center
is located at 825 Spring St. For more information
WALKING & DRIVING TOURS 9
Take a drive through one of the historic
neighborhoods, step back in time on a
self-guided downtown walking tour or
enjoy the architecture throughout the city.
For more information contact 903-723-3014.
1836 CHUCKWAGON RACES
The 1836 Chuckwagon Race takes place each spring
at the Diamond B Ranch in Neches, Texas. Activities
include trail rides, dutch oven cook’n classes, cowboy
poetry, herd dog demonstrations, hoof care clinics,
bull whip demonstrations, horse auction, wagon race
calcutta, barn dances, live music, cowboy church and
much more! www.1836chuckwagonrace.com
TASTE OF NEW ORLEANS: MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION
Taste of New Orleans is a great event showcasing
East Texas flavor. Local Chefs, Foodies & Restaurateurs
“Kick it up a Notch” during Mardi Gras. The annual
celebration of Louisiana-style cuisine in the Palestine
Main Street District showcases the talents of local
chefs & wineries. The festivities include free food
demonstrations and samples paired with a wine tasting.
The Dogwood Jamboree is a Branson-style country
music show filled with family fun, laughter and
great classic country music from some of the best
artists anywhere. The concerts take place five
times a year at the Palestine Civic Center.
DOGWOOD TRAILS CELEBRATION
For more than 75 years, Palestine has celebrated
the Dogwood Trails Festival. Enjoy the delicate
beauty of the dogwood trees in Davey Dogwood
Park the last two weekends in March and first
weekend in April. Activities are scheduled
each weekend to compliment the Celebration,
including a festival the first weekend.
CHRISTMAS IN PALESTINE
We could tell you about Christmas in Palestine
or you could just experience it. Enjoy holiday
shopping on Main Street, The Polar Express™
Train Ride at the Texas State Railroad, Food &
Wine Events, Frost Fest, Christmas Parade of
Lights and much more.
HOT PEPPER FESTIVAL
"THE HOTTEST LITTLE FESTIVAL IN TEXAS"
Cool off at “The Hottest Little Festival in Texas”
every October in Palestine. Enjoy a BBQ & Chili
Cook-off, Pepper Eating Contest, Arts & Crafts,
Unique Food Vendors, Kid’s Zone, Beer Gardens
& Live Music all day long.
IVY'S WILDLIFE REFUGE WEEKEND
Join the Texas Land Conservancy and the Ivy
Payne Wildlife Refuge for a family-friendly
weekend of camping and nature tours in the 480
acres of hills and bottomlands of Parker Creek,
located near Elkhart. www.texaslandconservancy.org
NECHES WILDERNESS CANOE RACE
For more than twenty years, water enthusiasts
from across the nation and the world have
gathered in Palestine, the first weekend in
August, to participate in “The Toughest Little Race
in Texas.” The canoe race covers 22 miles of the
scenic, largely uninhabited Neches River.
PALESTINE OLD TIME MUSIC & DULCIMER FESTIVAL
The Palestine Old Time Music & Dulcimer Festival
takes place on the last weekend in March at the
Museum for East Texas Culture. The festival is
three-days filled with live performances, jamming
sessions, concerts & workshops. Some of the best
dulcimer and old time music artists from around
the country serve as headliners for the concerts
and lead the workshops. www.museumpalestine.org
GRAPE STOMP AT SABOR A PASION ESTATE & VINEYARD
Follow the purple feet to Sabor a Pasion Estate &
Vineyard for a great evening of grape stomping,
food and fun. Go to www.saborapasion.com for
DAVEY DOGWOOD PARK
The 200-acre park is open year-round during
daylight hours and has five miles of hard surface
roads, unincorporated hiking trails and scenic
views. Don’t miss the Dogwoods blooming the last
two weekends in March and first weekend of April
and the fall foliage during November.
ANDERSON COUNTY LIVESTOCK
PAVILION & EXPO CENTER
The Boston’s Buckin’ BBQ Cook-off, Bullriding
and Kid’s Rodeo takes place every March during
the Annual Dogwood Trails Celebration.
Other rodeo events include the UBBI (United
Bucking Bulls, Inc.) and much more. Located
at HWY 287N 903-731-4943
GUS ENGELING WILDLIFE
MANAGEMENT AREA (GEWMA)
Located in Northwest Anderson County, this
10,958-acre area was purchased from 1950 -1960
under the Pittman-Robertson Act using Federal Aid
in Wildlife Restoration funds. Open year-round for
public hunting, hiking, camping, bird watching and
a host of other outdoor recreational opportunities.
PALESTINE COMMUNITY FOREST
Contains 700-acres of pine and hardwood trees
offering scenic drives leading to lakes with fishing
and picnicking. Sumac, yaupon and sweetgum
tress add accents of brilliant color during autumn.
Geocaching is the real-world treasure hunt that’s
happening right now all around you, even in
Palestine, Texas. www.geocaching.com
Lake Palestine, located 30 minutes from Palestine,
is a 25,600 acre recreational destination on the
Neches River. With a total length of 18 miles,
135 miles of shoreline and an average depth of
16.25 ft, Lake Palestine offers plenty of room for
fishing, boating, skiing and much more!
MR & MS CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
Open to the public November (day after
Thanksgiving) and December each year.
The park was named for John H. Reagan, a
Palestine resident, pioneer, Postmaster General of
the Confederacy, and U.S. Senator. Established
in 1911 from a tract of land known as Micheaux
Woods, the historic park is home to Splash Park
and the Museum for East Texas Culture.
WOLF CREEK LAKE
Located Off Private Road 6421
This scenic park tucked away offers fishing, hiking
and a picnic area. Small boats welcome.
When you make the drive to Grapeland Safari you
will see a wide range of animals from all over the
world. Drive through the 59-acre park in your own
car. There are also pony rides, train rides, a petting
zoo and a gift shop with unique souvenirs and
GARZILLA ALLIGATOR GAR GUIDE SERVICE
Specializing in trophy gar fishing and rod and reel.
BIRDING IN ANDERSON COUNTY
There are numerous public sites in Anderson
County for birding. One of the most popular is the
Gus Engling Wildlife Management Area located
on U.S. Hwy 287. Find a full checklist of birds at
PALESTINE FARMER'S MARKET
Local farmers set-up throughout the week with some
vendors open daily and others open 3-4 days a
week. Enjoy squash, cantaloupe, cucumbers, peas,
tomatoes, peaches, watermelons, sweet onions,
fresh-picked can goods, and various fruits and
veggies. The Farmers Market is located at 815 W.
Spring St. next to the Palestine Visitor Center.
RIVER RUN ATV PARK
River Run ATV Park is located on the beautiful
Neches River, between Palestine and Jacksonville.
The guests of River Run enjoy playing on over
2,000 acres of private land. Many people enjoy
riding their ATV, 4 x 4 trucks, horses, and other
off-road vehicles. Canoe rentals available.
PINE DUNES GOLF COURSE
Awarded Golf Weekly’s #1 course in Texas and #26
in America for 2011. Open year-round. Located at
159 PR 7019 in Frankston, 23 miles from Palestine
on HWY 155. www.pinedunes.com
ELKHART GOLF COURSE
An 18-hole golf course located about twelve miles
south of Palestine at 1740 FM 1817 in Elkhart.
DISC GOLF COURSE IN GREENS PARK
The course has nine baskets with three tees for each
basket, giving the course a total of 27 holes to play.
Greens Park is located at the corner of N. Queen St.
and W. Cherokee St.
WILDCAT GOLF COURSE
A 9-hole, multi-tee layout with driving range. Wildcat
Golf Course is located off Loop 256 at the corner of
North Link St. and Country Club Road.
NIGHTLIFE & FAMILY FUN
CLASSIC MOVIES IN REAGAN PARK
Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to Reagan Park
and enjoy classic movies under the stars. Classic
cinema is spotlighted the first Saturday of each
month. Admission is free. Popcorn and sodas are
available for purchase. Reagan Park is located at
the corner of Crockett Road and W. Park Ave.
SPLASH PARK IN REAGAN PARK
This water enhanced railroad themed
playground features state-of-the-art
spray pads and an elaborate series
of sprinklers, fountains and water jets
for children. Reagan Park is located
at the corner of Crockett Road
and W. Park Ave.
Arcade games, go-carts, miniature golf and
much more family fun. 555 E. Palestine Ave.,
903-729-8900 or visit www.mydogwoodjunction.com.
PALESTINE BOWLING CENTER
Located at 1551 E. Palestine Ave., the bowling
center has 24 lanes with a concession stand and
bar. For more information, contact 903-723-0888.
SCHULMAN THEATRES DOGWOOD 6 MOVIE THEATRE
Enjoy state-of-the art digital projection and luxurious
rocker seating. Located at 545 E. Palestine Ave.
108 W. Oak St.
THE SHELTON GIN
310 E. Crawford St.
DAY SPAS & WINERIES
AAAHHSOME SALON AND DAY SPA
903-723-2329 • 1925 Crockett Rd.
B'S HIVE OF THERAPY DAY SPA
903-729-4483 • 504 E. Hodges St.
BELLA SERA RANCH
903-723-0900 • 286 ACR 1400
GRANNY MUFFIN WINES
903-729-1262 • 301 W. Oak St.
903-549-2716 • 680 ACR 446
JAMIE'S THERAPEUTIC TOUCH DAY SPA
903-723-7546 • 1730 Crockett Road
CONFERENCE CENTER (LMCC)
903-538-2711 • 400 Private Road 6036
PALESTINE CIVIC CENTER
903-723-2026 • 1819 W. Spring Street
SABOR A PASION ESTATE & VINEYARD
903-729-9500 • 110 ACR 406
YELLOW WOOD EVENTS
5005 County Road 1231
404 N Magnolia
ANTIQUES, SPECIALTY & GIFTS
Artifacts Vintage Finds Silver Lady Jewelry and Gift Shop
903-731-4434 • 400 N. Queen St. 903-729-0600
Boutique Tree by Refuge of Light 2000 Crockett Rd., Ste 101-2
903-727-0288 • 202 W. Oak St.
Bright Minds Learning Center 903-391-8504 • 209 W. Oak St.
903-723-7237 • 115 W. Oak St.
Star of Texas Antiques
Broken Boutique 903-723-6363 • 107 W. Oak St.
903-727-2002 • 114 W. Main St.
Texas Art Depot
Charles E. Dickens 903-729-1940 • 301 W. Oak St.
Fine Jewelry and Gifts
903-729-8796 • 100 W. Oak St. The Music Business
903-723-2998 • 102 W. Oak St.
City Shoe Shop
903-729-3041 • 110 W. Main St. The Rustic Ladder
660-864-3602 • 105 E. Main St.
903-729-6456 Verda’s Flowers & Gift
203 W. Main St. 903-723-6217
Code Western 208 S. Magnolia St.
306 N. Sycamore St. Ye Olde Auction House
903-723-5366 • 504 W. Main St.
Duncan Depot Antiques
903-723-2899 • 106 W. Main St. Wyma and Co.
903-724-9962 • 418 Coronaca
Flowers by Pat
903-729-0631 • 616 West Oak St. Sales 3 times a year.
Hometown Girls Boutique
903-723-6122 • 207 West Oak St.
Island Tans & Gift Boutique
903-731-4621 • 1901 Crockett Rd.
903-729-2777 • 203 W. Oak St.
Old Magnolia Mercantile
903-729-4410 • 120 W. Oak St.
Old Town Vintage & More
416 N. Houston St.
903-723-7321 • 105 W. Oak St.
Oxbow Bakery & Antiques
215 E. Crawford St.
HOTELS/MOTELS Bar-S Ranch Resort
903-729-6975 • 2001 ACR 156
Best Western of Palestine
1601 W. Palestine Ave. Fig Tree Manor
www.bestwesternpalestine.com 903-729-3457 • 203 Erwin St.
Comfort Suites www.figtreemanor.com
301 Willow Creek Parkway Magnolia Street Inn
Express Inn & Suites 421 S. Magnolia St.
1100 E. Palestine Ave. The Redlands Historic Inn
Hampton Inn & Suites 400 N. Queen St.
2700 S. Loop 256 Sabor A Pasion Estate & Vineyard
Holiday Inn Express 110 Anderson County Rd. 406
1030 E. Palestine Ave. RV PARKS
Bars RV Campgrounds
La Quinta 903-724-8834
903-723-1387 1165 ACR 142
3000 S. Loop 256
www. laquintapalestine.com Dogwood RV Park
Motel 6 4508 W. Oak St.
1101 E. Palestine Ave Harley Haven RV Park
Pal-Tex 8686 N. Hwy 155
1520 E. Palestine Ave
Hwy 155 RV Park
Super 8 Palestine 903-729-7778
903-731-9495 • 2300 W. Oak St. 3200 Hwy 155 N
www.super8.com Palestine RV Park
903-729-6049 410 CR148
805 E. Palestine Ave. www.palestinervpark.com
“R” Place RV Park and Campground
Town & Country Motel 903-723-8887
14000 E. Hwy 84
205 E. Palestine Ave. www.rplacervpark.com
BED & BREAKFASTS/ Red Rock Ranch RV Park
EXTENDED STAYS 903-723-1836
300 ACR 2141
1904 Kolstad Inn
903-727-0303 • 303 E. Kolstad St. Risen Son RV Park
www.1904kolstadinn.com 1749 An County Road 421
Apple Annie’s Guest Houses Texas State RR Campgrounds
1014 N. Sycamore St. Park Road 76 Rusk, TX 75785
BAKERIES, Moo Cow BBQ
SANDWICHES & COFFEE 903-394-1089
2601 St. Hwy 155
Bon Appetit Restaurant & Bakery
903-729-8646 Rumps BBQ
1734 Crockett Rd. 120 FM 3328
Cream & Coffee Sheps Bar-B-Que & Catering
126 Crockett Rd.
1013 E. Palestine Ave.
512 N. John St.
Faith’s Fancy Catering & Bakery 903-723-0384
903-948-8317 2111 Crockett Rd.
120 W. Oak St. Palestine TX Beijing Chinese Buffet
In Old Magnolia Sandwich Shop 903-729-1188
Lattes & Lace 2734 S. Loop 256
2000 S. Loop 256, Ste 40 King Buffet
Old Magnolia Sandwich and 2800 S. Loop 256
120 W. Oak St. Don Mario’s Mexican Restaurant
903-723-5100 1103 E. Palestine Ave.
215 E. Crawford St.
El Toro Mexican Restaurant
Bishop’s Brisket House 2111 S. Loop 256
2000 S. Loop 256
La Chaparra’s Restaurant Cotton Patch Café
1711 S. Loop 256
204 N. Church St.
Little Mexico 903-723-1888
903-723-3143 2350 W. Oak St.
2025 W. Oak St.
Rancho Grande 903-723-3240
903-727-2008 402 E. Palestine Ave.
2036 Crockett Rd
Taqueria Mexicana 903-729-5353
903-723-0333 502 N. Tennessee Ave.
1717 W. Palestine Ave.
Taqueria San Luis 903-723-1400
903-724-6470 1929 S. Loop 256
700 W. Oak St.
1600 W. Palestine Ave.
Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant
903-729-3595 Pizza Hut
2027 W. Oak St. 903-723-5109
3400 S. Loop 256
Switch Brick Oven Pizza and
Wine Bar Pizza Hut Wing Street
903-729-7700 3400 Loop 256
1615 S. Royall St.
Subs & Dogs
FAMILY DINING 903-729-5356
407 W. Palestine Ave.
903-729-8888 Village Seafood
2225 S. Loop 256 903-723-9705
2503 W. Oak St
Bird’s Egg Café
903-729-6891 QUICK & EASY
1605 W. Palestine Ave.
Chip’s Burger Ranch 903-723-0339
903-723-1016 2117 Crockett Rd.
908 W. Palestine Ave. Church’s Fried Chicken
903-723-9992 419 W. Palestine Ave.
2018 Crockett Rd.
Dairy Queen 903-731-9106
903-729-2014 2213 S. Loop 256
2101 S. Loop 256
Domino’s Pizza 2607 W. Oak St.
1926-B Crockett Rd. Taco Bell
Donut Palace 2104 Crockett Rd.
100 Crockett Rd. Toptaste Donuts
903-723-0093 1916 W. Oak St.
2102 Crockett Rd
2302 NSH 155 321 E. Spring St.
3121 W. Oak St. 903-729-6973
2215 S. Loop 256
Jack in the Box
2207 W. Oak St. 903-729-5737
1717 S. Loop 256
Jocelyn’s Donuts & Burgers
903-723-8999 STEAK-FINE DINING
3121 W Oak St, Palestine, TX Red Fire Grille
KFC 400 N. Queen St.
1711 W. Palestine Ave. Restaurant Aubergine
Subs and Grub in Kim’s
110 ACR 406
1000 S. Loop 256
SPORTS BAR & PUB
419 Old Elkhart Road, #130 903-729-8888
2225 S. Loop 256
903-729-5000 Pint & Barrel Drafthouse
2120 S. Loop 256 903-727-2711
Sonic Drive In 302 E. Crawford St.
220 W. Palestine Ave Wingstop
903-731-9172 1625 S. Loop 256
2727 S. Loop 256
903-729-2062 Sweet Frog
2006 Crockett Rd. 903-723-0322
1625 S. Loop 256 #F
CITY OF PALESTINE
825 W. SPRING STREET
PALESTINE, TEXAS 75801