Community Overview

Video is courtesy of the Palestine Visitor’s Bureau.

From the Mayor;

The City of Palestine, Texas welcomes you to our community.

Our people are known for their Southern Hospitality and follow their
passions to make our city a great place to live, visit and invest in the future. Established in 1846 as a center of commerce and culture, Palestine continues to thrive because of its small town charm, friendliness, welcoming atmosphere and economic opportunities.

Palestine is beginning to boom with a local economy of new developments, conservation of historical resources, and cultural experiences. We have a unique history and we're working hard to preserve our past while embracing the future. As a life-long resident of Palestine, I know all about the interesting people and places that make Palestine such a great home for me! I simply cannot imagine living anywhere else! Our residents and business owners invite you to experience Palestine and all that we have to offer.

Nestled in the Piney Woods of East Texas, Palestine provides a great escape for the heritage tourist. We are home to the Texas State Railroad which features steam and diesel train rides through the year; Davey Dogwood Park - Dogwood Trails, a year-round park that is highlighted in March and April during the Dogwood Trails Festival; and home of the Hot Pepper Festival every October. There is so much to see and do in Palestine, please plan on visiting soon!

If you are here for a day trip, weekend getaway or a lifetime, I know your time in Palestine will be truly special. If the City of Palestine can be of further assistance to you, please visit our website or contact City Hall by phone: (903) 731-8400.

Warm Regards,

Bob Herrington, Mayor


Historic Palestine Texas was established in 1846 as a center of commerce and transportation (rail hub and Trinity River barge traffic).  In statewide election in 1850 to determine the permanent location for the Capital of Texas, Palestine placed 3rd behind Austin and Tehuacana (northwest of Mexia, today Tehuacana has a population of 383).

We remain a must see for visitors as the home of the Texas State Railroad and all of the events that happen in conjunction with the railroad that still features a steam locomotive.  Palestine continues to thrive because of the small town charm, the warm friendliness of it’s citizens as well as the economic opportunities and welcoming atmosphere.

Palestine is recognized as one of the great places for retirees, indeed it’s a Designated Retirement Community, and is in the center of Beautiful East Texas.  Palestine is also blessed with some ot the best restorations of the historic homes you can find anywhere, in addition to having 4 historic districts, the City of Palestine has a PhD preservationist on staff to assist home-owners do things the right way to keep their historic homes in tip-top shape.

Palestine has more buildings in the National Register of Historic Places than any other Texas city, save Galveston.

The Carnegie Library Building is one of only 13 Carnegie Libraries left in the State of Texas.

Built in 1915, The Reagan Building was the new Palestine High School.  In 1939, the high school and the junior high school traded buildings and high school was moved to Davey Crockett.  After a new junior high, high school building was built on the loop, the Regan Building served as an elementary school for a few years.  Today it is home to the Museum of East Texas Culture and serves as home to some special events.

The Redland’s Hotel has celebrated it’s 100th birthday and when built was the tallest building in Palestine.  It has been well maintained and is both a residence and an extended stay facility.  The ground floor is home to the Red Fire Grill, a true dining experience. 

Nearby Gus Engeling Wildlife Management area not only has an abundance of wildlife, but has been document to contain some 1,100 different species of plant life.

Incorporated in 1939, the Texas Dogwood Trails center around the dogwoods that are so plentiful in the East Texas area.  Just one drive through Davey Dogwood Park when the dogwoods are in bloom will help you understand “what all the fuss is about”.