One of the things I find really interesting when traveling to towns like Plaestine are the stories about the locals. I found two historical markers about men who influenced the history of Palestine: One was Dr. Bonner Frizzel who was a devoted educator and provided guidance and direction to the school system and the students for 37 years (reminds me of my father who was a devoted educator in Jacksonville, Florida for 47 1/2 years). Another man mentioned on an historical marker was Governor Thomas Mitchell Campbell who was elected governor of Texas in 1906 despite (or because of?) having no prior political experience. Campbell was the second governor of Texas to have been born in the state (the first was Governor Hogg). He served two terms.
During the first weekend in December there is a tour of three of the homes in Palestine which show off each unique architectural features of various periods. The local gardening club sponsors these tours and provide the decorate touches.
Palestine hosts one of the largest celebrations of the Dogwood trees during March and April. The trees can grow as tall as 40ft and is a native which is widespread throughout East Texas. The annual Dogwood Trails include many miles of scenic blooming trails in and around the Palestine area. During this time there is an arts and crafts fair, free entertainments, a parade and fishing tournament. There is also a battle re-enactment and antique and classic car show and chili and bbq cook-off. The Texas State Railroad also provides train excursions through the magnificent trails of the Dogwoods during the last two weekends of March and first weekend of April.
The nations longest and skinniest state park is the Texas State Railroad which is over 25 miles long and the width of the railway right-of-way wide.
Apparently the story goes that in the courthouse, a baby fell out of it's mothers hands and died. When people are alone in the courthouse they have said that you can hear a baby crying.