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Heritage Celebration - 175 years

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Historic Church Tours:
October 16 | 10:00 AM -12:00 PM
Stunning stained glass, incredible detailing, beautiful architecture and displays of church history and heritage will be showcased and some churches will feature old family bibles open to the birth record pages.

Sacred Heart Church | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM | 503 N Queen St | Guided Tour

First Presbyterian Church | 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM 410 Avenue A | Guided Tour

First Christian Church | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM | 113 E Crawford | Guided Tour

Mt Vernon A.M.E. Church | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM | 913 Calhoun St | Viewing Room

Pilgrim Church | 10:30AM - 2:00 PM | 1559 FM 861 Elkhart, Tx | Self guided

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October 15-17, 2021

Heritage Celebration

Join us for our 175th Birthday!

Palestine, Texas

A celebration, almost as old as the State of Texas! One hundred and seventy-five years ago, the newly formed Anderson County was in need of a county seat. With no established community fulfilling the requirement of being within 1 mile of the geographic center, Palestine was established. With the coming of the railroad in 1872, Palestine made a name for itself, competing with Dallas and Galveston for commerce and architectural dominance. To this day, Palestine remains only second to Galveston in historic landmarks and architecture, it has a rich history worthy of study and celebration!

Regan Park

Saturday, October 16, 2021


Opening Ceremonies:
October 16 | 10:00 AM
Kicking off a full day of festivities, the opening ceremony at the bandstand in Reagan Park will host a short presentation by Mayor Dana Goolsby, a poetry reading written by the literacy competition winner and pledge and prayer blessing the community.

Heritage Village:
October 16 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Located on the southeast side of Reagan Park, see living history and lifestyle displays including blacksmithing, spinning, Dutch oven cooking, and much more. To be a vendor for the village, please fill out an application here.

Games in the Park:
October 16 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Stay and play after the opening ceremonies! The City of Palestine Parks & Recreation Department will host small ninja warrior style obstacle courses in the park and inflatable slides and bounce houses will be onsite from Milestone Celebrations.

Cultural Dance Demonstrations:
October 16, 2021 | 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bring your lawn chair and set up with a front row seat to see cultural and heritage dances including Hispanic , Square Dancing and more!

Community Dance:
At 7:00 PM, there will be a public street/barn style dance with live band Midnight Highway.


Sunday, October 17, 2021


We are asking all local churches, families and organizations to join us in Regan Park beginning at 12:30 PM.
• Pot luck by church/group
• The pavilion at Reagan Park will not be available to rent or reserve that day.
• No solicitation – no music permitted.
• Can bring tables/chairs but blanket picnics are preferred.

More Activities around town

Railroad Heritage Center:
9:30 AM -4:30 PM | Open Mon-Sat
Relish the romance of the rails as depicted by the 37' X 17' Domis HO scale Model RR and enjoy the various exhibits that illustrate many facets of railroading.


farmers market produce
Farmers Market:
October 16 | 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
You never know what goodies you will find! The Palestine Farmers Market brings the community together while showcasing local unique, crafty, and gardening talent. 813 W. Spring Street
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