Davey Dogwood Park is one of Palestine's most prized treasures — a public park featuring more than 200 acres of rolling hills, forests, meadows and flowing streams. Just in time for the opening weekend of the 76th Annual Dogwood Trails Celebration, dogwoods are beginning to bloom!
City of Palestine Marketing Director Breezy Lake-Wolfe and City of Palestine Main Street Manager Laura Westgate were out putting up signs Friday at Davey Dogwood Park in preparation for the flux of visitors.
“Davey Dogwood Park is one of the few nature trails in the area you can drive your car through. The dogwoods look more plentiful than they have in the past couple of years. I am predicting the next couple of weeks are going to be ideal for those who want to take a scenic drive out to Davey Dogwood Park,” Lake-Wolfe told the Herald-Press Friday. “It's also a great place for a picnic and for those who enjoy outdoor and heritage tourism.”
In fact, from noon to 4 p.m. today, the 2nd Annual Dogwood Seedling Planting will be held at the pavilion in Davey Dogwood Park for residents and visitors interested in planting a dogwood tree. Staff will be available with instructions, shovels and seedlings.
The park officially opened in 1941, three years after two friends sharing a casual cup of coffee in 1938 started a conversation that led to a discussion about building a “dogwood trail” due to Palestine's abundance of dogwood trees in the area. Local landowners E.W. And H.R. Link gave the group access to the land so that proper trails could be built — and during World War II, local oilman M.A. Davey purchased the large central piece of land where the trails were routed and gave it to Anderson County specifically for a public park.