The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Local Scene

March 18, 2014

Hunting for history: Annual scavenger hunt taking place during Dogwood Trails Celebration

PALESTINE — Local explorers are invited to whip out their detective spectacles during the three weekends of the 76th Annual Texas Dogwood Trails Celebration.

The occasion – the second annual Main Street Architectural Scavenger Hunt – will take place this Friday and Saturday, and the weekends of March 28-30 and April 4-6.

Main Street Manager Laura Westgate said the hunt covers a map of 44 blocks and allows participants a chance to uncover some of the “hidden gems” of Palestine's historic district.

“We do architectural details from each of the different areas,” she said. “Our Main Street encompasses the courthouse, Old Town and New Town.”

Westgate said the hunt will feature three “architectural details” from each area, which could be as small as a cast iron star on the side of a building to a full-sized door or window.

“We don’t make them really hard,” she said. “It's more about fun. We just want people to realize that the buildings are true works of art. Almost everything done was by a local craftsman, whether it was the design or the installation of it.”

Participants can pick up the clues – their “Hunter Tips” – at the Palestine Visitor Center, download them from the website www.visitpalestine.com, or find them on the Main Street Facebook page.

Those who return completed sheets will automatically be entered to win a set of historic fruit jars that was produced at the former Knox Glass bottle plant in Palestine.

Westgate said she imagined the event would take “between an hour and an hour and a half” to complete – depending on how crafty one's detective self can be.

“It is a lot of fun, and it's a great opportunity to walk.”

For more information call the Palestine Visitor's Center at 903-723-3014.

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