ABOUT PALESTINE, TEXAS
Palestine, Texas is county seat of Anderson County and is 108 miles southeast of Dallas and 150 miles north of Houston. The Union Pacific Railroad maintains a strong presence in town today. Their presence, coupled with other modes of transportation, makes Palestine the ideal location for distribution to Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. It is centered just over two hours from Dallas and Houston, Texas and Shreveport, Louisiana.
The city has two colleges that provide education and technical training. Trinity Valley Community College-Palestine offers a variety of academic transfer courses and vocational-technical programs. The UT Tyler-Palestine Campus currently offers courses in Nursing, Business, Education, Health and Kinesiology and History.
The city features charming bed & breakfasts in restored Victorian homes, modern hotels, and restaurants filled with diverse fare for residents and visitors to enjoy. Popular attractions include the Texas State Railroad, The Museum for East Texas Culture, The Texas Theatre and several local wineries. Palestine is home to over 1,800 historic sites; including churches, buildings, monuments, cemeteries, museums and more. View a full list of area attractions and accommodations from the Palestine Visitor’s Center.
Palestine is a designated Texas Main Street City and exhibits historic architecture from the early 1800’s through the 1950’s. Our Main Street District covers 44 blocks and is filled with eclectic boutiques, antique stores, cafes, bakeries, and diverse restaurants. Visit www.facebook.com/palestinemainstreet to keep up with special events, festivals, and downtown Palestine.
Located on Crawford Street two blocks west of the courthouse, the Old Town District offers a relaxed atmosphere. Turn of the century buildings have been restored and inhabited with boutiques, bakeries, restaurants, and live music venues. Once the industrial center of the community, this area now features an outdoor stage used for live concerts, military re-enactments, and other local events throughout the year.
Palestine is the proud home of Davey Dogwood Park. The annual Texas Dogwood Trails Celebration began in 1938. Davey Dogwood Park became the main location of the annual event in 1944, when Mr. M. A. Davey, a local oil man, bought the land and donated it to the county to be used as a park. The park is especially beautiful in the spring with the dazzling white blossoms of the Dogwood trees and many other native area wildflowers. In the fall, the natural beauty shifts to the autumn colors of the native trees and the rich red of the Dogwood trees. Picnic areas are provided at Manley Mountain (near the entrance of the park) and near the center of the park. Visitors may view the scenic beauty along walking trails located near the picnic areas. Seeing the Dogwood blooms in Palestine was #56 in Texas Monthly’s article “The Bucket List: 63 Things All Texans Should Do Before They Die.”
The City of Palestine offers the best of both worlds for businesses, residents and visitors, providing the comfort of small town living with the benefits of modern conveniences. This family-oriented town provides an elevated quality of life with limitless opportunity for business growth and development.
Whether you’re scouting Palestine for your new home, business site or just stopping by for a relaxing weekend visit, we’re happy to have you and we’re here to help make your experience an enjoyable one. Call us today to start your journey to Palestine and to learn about all that Palestine has to offer.