Palestine Travel Guide

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Palestine Things to Do

  • Veterans Memorial

    There is a nice memorial on the courthouse grounds to all Anderson County Veterans who died in service to their country. I feel it is important to remember the contributions of our military to our freedom and way of life.

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  • Palestine Visitors Center

    The Palestine Visitors Center is located in the ole railroad terminal which was built in the 1880s. Here you can get good information about Palestine and other attractions in the area. Hours are 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday; 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday; and Noon to 4 PM on Sunday.

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  • Murals

    Sometimes towns make murals to reflect the history of the area; sometimes just for the sake of the art; and sometimes just to cover up an ugly spot. The main photo is an example of using murals to cover ugly spots and the 2nd photo is an artistic/historical mural. Even the one covering the ugly spots deserves some credit though, at least they are...

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  • Sacred Heart Church

    Another building in Palestine listed on the National Register of Historic Places is the magnificent Sacred Heart Church. This beautiful building was completed in 1890 replacing an older building completed in 1874 that was destroyed by fire. The present building was designed by Galveston architect Nicholas J. Clayton.

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  • The Redlands

    The Redlands Hotel was completed in 1914 as a luxurious hotel for businessmen. Today you can get a weekend suite or a place for an extended stay here, and it is right downtown. The Redlands is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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  • Carnegie Library

    The Carnegie Library was well predated by the lending library established by Judge John Graham Gooch in 1853 lending out his own books. However, this is still a very nice example of the many libraries established throughout the United States by Andrew Carnegie. This one was completed in 1914.

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  • Palestine Historic Districts and...

    Palestine has the second most number of buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places of any city in Texas, ncluding four full historic districts. Galveston has the most. Love that Chamber of Commerce Building (photo 3).

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  • Museum For East Texas Culture

    The Museum For East Texas Culture houses a recreated old schollroom, and a variety of artifacts and displays concerning the history of Palestine and East Texas. Displays also show the importance of the railroad to the development of the town; don't miss the refurbished caboose outside. The museum is housed in the old Palestine High School which is...

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  • Palestine and Anderson County

    Palestine (pronounced Pah-LESS-Teen or PAL-uh-steen) is a town of about 18,700 (up 6% since 2000) located along US Highways 79, 84, and 287 in eastern Texas. Palestine is the county seat of Anderson County, and was named for Palestine, Illinois. The original county seat was a small village named Houston (no not that one); but it was determined that...

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  • Old Town Palestine

    The old downtown area is filled with architecture from the 1800's and the area is currently being rejuvenated. There are many antique stores and specialty shops to browse through as well as restaurants and a candle factory.

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  • Fun with Boas

    There are also some antique things and fun hats and boas. Lots of wonderful smells from the soaps and bath salts as you enter the shop. In the front of the store is the Bayberry Clothing Company which have brands such as April Cornell, Faith, and Usinda.

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  • Texas State Railroad

    The Texas State Railroad dates back to the late 1800's when the TexasPrison System opened the East Texas Penitentiary in Rusk, Texas. The railroad was opened to transport timber and iron ore. After renovation, the railroad was reworked and reopened in 1976 as a tourist attraction to provide rides from Palestine to Rusk.The office is opened 8am -...

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Palestine Hotels

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Palestine Restaurants

  • Five Star Dining in East Texas

    The Chef/Owner is a Culinary Institute of America graduate, so the cuisine is chef driven. The restaurant is located in a historical hotel (Redlands) in the original restaurant space. The view of the other historical buildings through the amazing windows is lovely. The decor and the music is calm and relaxing. Spirits and a great selection of wine...

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  • Decent Seafood

    I love seafood so I wanted to give this place a try after my fiasco at Denny's. This place did not look particularly impressive from the outside. Inside was okay. My catfish was pretty good but not that much above average, as the "Cajun" spices were kinda bland. The service was much better than the Denny's across the street. Pretty good deal...

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  • Hope It Gets Better

    This was definitely one of the worst experiences I have had at a Denny's. The food was substandard and the service was horrible. The manager was rude too. Admittedly, the place had just opened that week but that is no excuse for being unprofessional. May be okay once they get better organized but; avoid for now.

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  • Ranch House

    Ranch House Restaurant305 E. Crawford, Palestine, TXOne of the most popular restaurants in the small town of Palestine, this steak house has a good selection and pretty good cuisine to choose from. Serves lunch and dinner with an assortment of burgers, steaks, seafood, and appetizers. In the historic hub of Palestine, the building shows flavor of...

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  • Eilenberger's Butternut Baking Co

    Where better than to satisfy a sweet tooth, the selection in this bakery is fabulous. The baking company has been famous for its fruit cakes since 1898 and they are also well known for their pies and specialty goods. I bought a dozen of their cookies - all assorted and as they say 'cheaper by the dozen' plus a few of their tempting slices - a...

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  • Judis Java Joint

    This is one of the great old buildings in the Old Town Palestine area of town. They offer a wide range of coffees and teas and also cappuccinos, lattes, soups, salads, sandwiches and other goodies. You can also purchase their coffee and tea's by the pound as well as syrups, chocolate covered espresso beans and giftware. The coffee house also...

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Palestine Nightlife

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    The theatre was built in 1926 and was known to be the best theatre with an organ which was used during the silent movies. The theatre hosts classic movies and other community events.

    The Palestine Community Theatre has about 6 live productions a year which they perform in the theatre, one of them is during the Texas Dogwood Trail. They are still completing renovations to the theatre.

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Palestine Transportation

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    by keeweechic Updated Jan 25, 2004

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    By Car : If you are traveling from Dallas you can take I-45 south through Ennis to Corsicana, then take US-287 into Palestine. Or you can take I-45 south, then US-175 east to Athens and then TX-19 to Palestine.

    By Rail : Five major highways go through Palestine. The Union Pacific operates a major railroad terminal which intersects their major North, South, and Mexico lines in Palestine.

    Palestine Municipal Airport
    Cr 421 at Hwy 287 north

    The Palestine Municipal Airport is only small and offers facilities for private and charter aircraft only.

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Palestine Shopping

  • Art Depot

    The gallery was given the name of the Art Depot in honour of Palestine's rich Railroad heritage and the them is displayed in the decor. The shop is 6,000 sqft in a historical building located downtown. There is a newer and larger location which has a frame shop and large gallery as well as an online Art Mall's order fulfilment centre.

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  • Star of Texas Antiques

    This stores is located in what was once the Gem Movie Theatre. The building has been beautifully restored and has a lovely collection of quality furniture, china, glassware, majolica and linens. There is also a large collection of vintage books which is said to be probably the best selection in East Texas. In 2002, the store was voted the 'Best...

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  • The Silver Lady

    Within the Old Magnolia Mercantile is a counter belonging to the Silver Lady which has quite a large variety of good quality silver jewellery as well as gifts and collectibles. If you're lucky they will be having a sale and you can pick up some excellent buys.

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Palestine Local Customs

  • Learn About Locals

    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...

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  • Fact

    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.

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  • Christmas Tour of Homes

    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.

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Palestine Off The Beaten Path

  • Unique Steam Train Operations

    The Texas State Railroad is acknowledged as one of the country’s largest and most distinctive steam train operations and is also one of the only steam railroads in the U.S. that operates two steam trains at the same time every day that its in operation. You can either take one train from the Rusk Depot to Palestine or take the route from the...

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  • Swanston Cemetery

    This plaque commemorates 36 marked and approximately 23 unmarked graves in Swanston cemetery. Many of those whose labour built Anderson County and Houston County are buried here. One of the areas first Brickmakers, Samuel M. Warden died while working on Main's Estate on Christmas eve in 1847 and was the first to be buried here with only bricks of...

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  • National Scientific Balloon Facility

    The NSB is located on 400 acres, 5 miles west of Palestine and is a NASA facility which is managed by the Physical Science Lab of New Mexico State University. This was the first permanent facility which was devoted exclusively to scientific ballooning. In addition to scientific experiments, many flights designed to add advancements to balloon...

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Palestine Favorites

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    by keeweechic Written Jan 25, 2004

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    Favorite thing: There are a lot of one way streets in Palestine so you need to be aware before turning into an intersection. The Driving Tours that the Historical Preservation Society puts out are wonderful. Clear and precise directions are given with well documented photos and information on the historical attractions. Be sure to pick up both books. One covers the South Side and the other covers the North Side. If you are going to Palestine, I suggest you ask the Palestine Convention & Visitors Bureau to send you information. They can provide one of the best packets I have found for cities and towns in Texas. It took 3 goes to get it but it was well worthwhile when I did. It gave me a good chance to see all that was available instead of deciding once I got there.

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