friend from Henderson
called a few days ago and said she planned to stay in East
Texas for the holidays and wanted some ideas for Christmas day trips.|
Considering the state of the world, that made sense. So, for my Henderson
friend and others who plan to stay home this year, here is a list of places to
spend the holidays in East Texas.
Bowman's East Texas
- First, there
are three Bethlehems in the East
(Texas, that is). Theyıre in southeast Upshur County, near Gilmer;
in Milam County, near Rockdale;
and in Angelina County, west of Lufkin.
All three usually have Christmas-centered church services.
the stains fall mainly on the panes. A few hours spent touring the churches of
will reward you with a view of some of the most beautiful stained glass windows
in East Texas. Many date back
to the l850s. For a map, contact the local chamber of commerce.
can light up your life at Marshall
where the downtown area is ablaze with a a lighting spectacular that includes
3,000 miles of string lighting, 2.5 million bulbs, and 8,000 manhours of volunteer
work. It is the nationıs largest concentrated Christmas lighting display.
Christmas lighting display is in Tyler,
where the Municipal Rose Garden comes alive each December with a Winter Lights
Festival. Visitors can stroll through a series of larger-than-life illuminated
sculptures of holiday figures and a 14-acre garden of lights.
youıre into fruitcakes, visit Eilenberger's
Bakery, also in Palestine.
When German immigrant F.H. Eilenberger came to town in 1898, he brought with him
an old country fruitcake recipe still used today by his descendants. Many swear
that itıs the best fruitcake in East
walk off those holiday pounds, take a walk on the mild side by exploring the Rusk
Footbridge, reportedly the country's longest such bridge at 546 feet. The original
structure was built in the l850s across a creek dividing a residential area and
The bridge was rebuilt in the 1960s.
If you would like to confront the ghosts of Christmases past, few graveyards can
match the beauty of Scottsville
Cemetery, a small family cemetery near Marshall.
Founded in the 1840s by Colonel William T. Scott, the cemetery contains a priceless
collection of Italian marble statuary standing over the graves of six generations
of the Scott and Rose families.
you're into road trips, take a drive down East Texas' oldest highway. The King's
Highway (Texas 21) stretches from Toledo
Bend Reservoir near Milam to San
Antonio. It is also one of our most scenic roadways. The route was used by
Indians and traveled by Spanish missionaries in 1791. It is also known as El Camino
Real, the Old Spanish Trail, and the Old San Antonio Road.
Springs, youıll find music for the season -- right out of the box. The Leo
St. Clair Music Box Gallery, located on the second floor of the City Library,
contains one of the largest and most diverse collections of music boxes in the
country, some 300 different boxes in all.
And, finally, donıt overlook the floating Christmas parade of Uncertain.
Each December, usually on the third Sunday, the townıs residents stage a floating
parade on Caddo Lake. The town got its name from riverboat captains who had difficulty
finding the landing.
December 2, 2001 Column
A weekly column syndicated in 109 East Texas newspapers
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