Shaped by agriculture, steamboating, the discovery of oil, and the railroad, the city of Palestine today harbors a wealth of attractions and activities.

“Here’s what we have in Palestine: art galleries, wineries, a beautiful dogwood trail, A wonderful museum, the Texas State Railroad, and antiques shops that will leave you so happy.”
—April Johnston, Palestine

Readers enthused about the city’s B&Bs, wineries, and growing restaurant scene; architecture ranging from the neoclassical courthouse to the 1914 Carnegie Library; natural enticements such as Davey Dogwood Park, a highlight on the annual Dogwood Trails Celebration in March; and sightseeing excursions on the Texas State Railroad, which ferries visitors on a 60-mile round-trip run between Palestine and Rusk, crossing the scenic Neches River.

For more information, contact the Palestine Visitors Center, 800/659-3484.

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