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
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
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
For your special occasions - 12 passenger, limo seating, party van with a dance pole! Cooler with cold water.
8 - 12 People Total
Wine tours, Historic Huntsville tours, The El Camino Real and Caddo Indians, Frontier Settlers, and Painted Churches. Don't forget Tiny Town Fridays!
Historic Tours of Texas is ready to roam with new tours and special custom tours. Today is the day to start planning your travel this year, and we are here to help!
Multiple Day tours are a chance to spend time getting to know some of the wonderful historic sites in Texas, Mexico and Spain.
There are eight wineries close enough to fit three of them into an all-day tour and to include a delicious lunch as well, all included in the price of your tour.
Join us for a relaxing lunch and tour to a different town each Friday. Have you visited New Waverly? Come enjoy orange biscuits, jalapeño jam, Fields of Flowers and a Painted Church.
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