East Texas - Palestine, and train to Rusk 3 Day Tour


These historic towns are gems in East Texas that you must see.

Palestine (pronounced Palesteen) will be our base of operations as we visit Jacksonville and Rusk. home of the famous Texas State Railroad. We will explore Palestine's famous historic downtown including Braly's Ace Hardware, housed in a 1911 elementary school, the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and the famous Oxbow and Eilenberger's Bakeries for delicious treats.

In Jacksonville we will start with a docent-led visit to the Vanishing Texana Museum  and hear the stories by wonderful Larry Lydick as our historical guide. While in Jacksonville we will also visit a tomato basket factory and even a ranch with Bison! At Loves Lookout enjoy the astounding 36 miles of open views.

The third day, we will take the lunch train to Rusk through the Dogwoods (plan on joining us in the Spring for the blooming Dogwoods) and spend time exploring Rusk's downtown before then relaxing on the ride home.


8:00 am - Leave Huntsville or your location

10:00 - Arrive in Palestine for historical talk from Visitor Center docents

Visit Railroad heritage Center for view of model trains

Lunch at the Hambones Restaurant

Compare desserts at the Oxbow Bakery and the Eilenberger Bakery

Tour Braly's Ace Hardware in the 1911 School house

Check in to Holiday Inn Express or the historic Redlands Hotel.

Time to relax before dinner at Queen Street Grille

Show at the Texas Theatre

2nd Day

After breakfast, head for Jacksonville

Listen to talk by Local Historian at the Texana Museum

Visit with Museum Curator Larry Lydick at the Vanishing Texana Museum

Lunch at Sadler's Drafthouse and indulge in their delicious pies

Visits to Tomato Basket Factory

Stop by Bison ranch

End at Love's Lookout

Return to Palestine

3rd Day

After breakfast Shop downtown Palestine before catching the train

Get on Texas State Railroad Lunch Train

Hour layover in Rusk, visit to the museum

Option to take the train back to Palestine or

Head home from Rusk

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Tour Type

Historic Tours around Texas

How Many Days

3 Days

Tour Location

Palestine, Tx.

Bus Seating

8 - 12 People Total

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