Arts & Culture – Palestine Real Estate & Palestine TX Homes For Sale
Yes, Palestine has arts & culture–and lots of it! Palestine has a sampling of it all–from red dirt country music to outdoor sculpture exhibits! So much creativity lives in East Texas and our local culture thrives on it!
MUSEUMS & HISTORY
Museum For East Texas Culture – 400 Micheaux, Palestine, TX – 903-729-1914 – This exquisite example of Tudor-Gothic style architecture was saved from demolition by dedicated citizens in 1982 and has operated as a museum ever since. Rooms in the 1915 schoolhouse display artifacts and special interest exhibits. Exhibits include an authentic vintage classroom, a railroad memorabilia room, a refurbished caboose and more. The museum is a depository for the historical treasures of Palestine and Anderson County. Rotating art exhibits are on display upstairs. The museum is a recorded Texas Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Open Wed.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun 1-4pm. Admission is $2.00. For more information, call the Museum at 903-729-1914.
Self-Guided Historical Homes Tour (pick up booklet at Museum for East Texas Culture) – Large magnolia trees and white columns welcome you to this gateway of a bygone era. Over 1,800 historical sites grace Palestine, second only to Galveston. For a booklet of the Driving Tour contact the Museum for East Texas Culture, 903 723-1914, or go by 400 Micheaux Avenue to pick up.
Howard House Museum (903) 729-5094 – 1011 N Perry, Palestine, TX – Open for tours by appointment, the Howard House Museum is one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture remaining in Texas and is listed in the National Register of Historical Places, located at 1011 North Perry. For more information or tours, call Jack Calcote at 903-723-0268.
Downtown Palestine Self-Guided Walking Tour Brochure (click here to download) – Presented by the Palestine Chamber of Commerce. This walking tour will take you through the historic-laden streets of downtown Palestine, where the railroad was king and the entire town came to play!
Holiday Tour of Homes – This is a yearly event organized by the Palestine Chamber of Commerce. It highlights 5 historic homes in the tour and runs during Frost Fest in December of each year.
Palestine Community Theatre Live at The Texas Theatre– A fine group of local talent that hosts seasonal productions in one of the oldest and most grand Spanish Colonial style theatres in Texas! Click here to see upcoming productions.
Art Tracks Sculpture Exhibition – This is an outdoor sculpture exhibit with pieces on display throughout downtown Palestine. The sculptures change yearly, so there is always something cool to go see! All the sculptures are for sale and are on loan from the artists.
Art Classes – Contact O’ Sweet Pea for cookie decorating, various craft and cooking classes, schedules and projects vary.
Craft & Sewing Classes – Contact Sew What! Quilt & Sewing Shop for various quilting, sewing and other crafting classes. Schedules and projects vary.
Paint & Sip Classes at Old Magnolia Merchantile. Call them directly, as schedules and projects vary.
Hot Pepper Festival Music – The City always has great bands playing at the yearly October festival, which is an all day event with multiple music stages.
Dogwood Trails Festival & Beer Garden – Dogwood Trails has live music in “The Hollow” in Old Town, which is a great venue for local bands and a fun time every spring!
Palestine Old Time Music and Dulcimer Festival – An annual festival in Palestine during Dogwood Trails.
There is always something fun going on in Palestine: Hot Pepper Festival (October), The Neches Canoe Race, Dogwood Trails Festival, Victorian Christmas Train Ride, Rodeos, 5K Runs, Bike Tours, Old West Reenactment Camps, Chili Cook offs…oh yes, do we have events!