In the 1840s, it was discovered that the seat of Anderson County, a village called Houston (not the major city of Harris County) was two miles off center. Taking literally the Texas Legislature's guidelines that a county seat should be at the center of a county, the town of Palestine was created as the county seat, and the former community faded away.
Palestine has more buildings in the national historic registry than any other Texas city except Galveston. Visitors also enjoy the area's rolling hills, lush forests and streams at local parks.
Palestine Community Forest features scenic drives through more than 700 acres of hardwood trees. Davey Dogwood Park, just north of Palestine on North Link Street, is especially popular during the annual Texas Dogwood Trails festival from late March to early April. For dogwood information, call the Palestine Visitor Center.
Self-guided tour brochures available from the Tourist Information Center.
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