Architecture & Attractions
ANDERSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE
Built in 1914 the Anderson County Courthouse, features beaux-arts architecture with a double-spiral staircase and a beautiful stained glass montage in the dome. Open to the public Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 500 N. Church St.
BRALY BUILDERS SUPPLY
Housed in a 1938 elementary school, this locally-owned store & Texas landmark has recently been named “The Coolest Hardware Store on the Planet.” Located at 420 W. Palestine Ave 903-723-2179
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The historic structure is one of the thirteen remaining Carnegie Library buildings in the State of Texas. Built in 1914, the building became a registered Texas Historical Landmark in 1970. Located at 502 N. Queen Street.
COLUMBIA SCIENTIFIC BALLOON FACILITY
Operated by New Mexico State University for NASA, balloons as large as 300 feet in diameter are built to conduct studies of the upper atmosphere and outer space. To arrange a tour, contact the public relations officer at 903-723-0271.
A hands-on exhibit based on the world-famous Exploratorium in San Francisco, CA. The exhibit is designed for individuals and families, for anyone who has even been curious. It will engage preschoolers through adults in fun, engaging, and, ultimately educational format. Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday
For more information, special events and field trips go to www.exhibitcurious.org
Purchase tickets online HERE
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HISTORIC ANDERSON COUNTY JAIL
In 1931, this art deco style building, located at 704 Avenue A, was built and served as the county jail for almost 55 years. Today, the historic facility is home to events such as the Haunted Little Jail in October and the Grinch’s Lair during November & December. For tours, contact 903-373-8158.
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PALESTINE MAIN STREET DISTRICT
A Texas Main Street City that covers 44 blocks of Downtown, Old Town and the Courthouse Square. Enjoy historic architecture, shopping, antiques, restaurants, bakeries and more.
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An authentic reconstruction of the original 1833 house of worship, said to be the first Protestant church in Texas. Take 287 to Elkhart; right on 294, into Elkhart; cross RR tracks and turn left on 861, church is on the left.
TEXAS STATE RAILROAD
A Texas treasure since 1881, the Texas State Railroad hosts events such as the Polar Express™ Train Ride in November & December, year-long steam excursions, Fall Foliage, Dinner & Brunch Trains and much more. 877-726-7245
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PALESTINE VISITOR CENTER
Located in a restored railroad depot more than 120 years old, the Center offers travel literature which includes state and regional materials, maps of the city and surrounding area, a self-guided tour of Palestine and information on events and accommodations. Informational brochures and personal assistance for tourists are available during business hours. Tours and convention group assistants are available upon advanced request. The Palestine Visitors Center is located at 825 Spring St. For more information, call 903-723-3014.
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WALKING & DRIVING TOURS
Enjoy a drive through one of the historic neighborhoods, step back in time on a self-guided downtown walking tour and embrace in the architecture of the historic churches.
For more information, contact 903-723-3014.