Palestine is the Place for You!

Old Palestine

Once you’ve visited, you may never want to leave.

With a pleasant climate and natural amenities like gorgeous Davey Dogwood Park, and nearby Lake Palestine, there is always something to enjoy outdoors. For those who prefer the beauty of a charming and historic city – Palestine has that too.

As a former railroad town, Palestine has preserved its historic charm with classic brick buildings and walkways, gas lanterns illuminating the sidewalks, quaint shops and intimate dining establishments. With a classic railroad and constant festivals and events, Palestine has become a top travel destination in Texas and the southern United States. Living here is even more fun because residents have access to these stunning views, world-class amenities and delightful entertainment all year long.

Those interested in visiting or moving to Palestine can learn more about the city, upcoming events and activities by visiting the City’s tourism site,

Historic Palestine

History of Palestine

The Texas State Legislature created Palestine in 1846 to serve as the seat for the newly established Anderson County, which would become the home of American politician John H. Reagan and Governor Thomas M. Campbell. A logistical hub from the very beginning, traders and businesspeople transported goods down the Trinity River until the railroad industry arrived in the 1870s, which created an explosion in population and economic growth.

The county’s fifth courthouse, erected in Palestine in 1914, is still standing and in use. Oil was then discovered east of town 14 years later, and in the years since, the area has become a significant player in the field of energy production, logistics, and distribution.

Today, Palestine is a designated Texas Main Street City and features architecture from the early 1800s through the 1950s.  Its historic sites and respect for both tradition and a legacy of progress makes it the perfect destination for visitors, industrialists, and entrepreneurs motivated by the promise of an American Dream.