4th of July in Texas

http://www.101july4th.com/history.html Happy 4th of July

Please visit Texas; there is so much history and lots to do. Here is a link to help you get started http://gotexas.about.com/od/festivals/a/FourthofJuly.htm

 

http://www.texasescapes.com/TOWNS/Greenville/greenville.htm

I live in east Texas, northeast of Dallas, near Greenville with a wonderful, reclaimed and restored downtown. Also the Audie Murphy/Cotton Museum  is a great place to visit. 

Going just a little further east puts you into the Pineywoods, and believe me there are pine trees thicker than grasshoppers.  There are many logging operations in east Texas; you will see semi flatbeds loaded with loooong pine trees, already limbed, on their way to a sawmill.   There are lots of small towns who have reclaimed their downtowns and made them into charming destinations.  Greenville has successfully done this.  So has Marshall, Lindale, Mineola, and others.  Look for downtowns with antique stores and usually it will be a successful, thriving area.  The thriving courthouses on squares mean there are plenty of attorney offices surrounding the area and is a busy beehive of activity during the week. On the weekends it is quiet and enjoyable to wander through the stores.

 

A fantastic area to visit south of Dallas is Elm Mott, 8 miles north of Waco. You must visit Homestead Heritage Village, working craftsmen, a huge barn moved here and restored, an on-site deli.  They have a working gristmill producing their  flours. They were commissioned to build President George W. Bush’s ranch house in Crawford.  They were also commissioned to build some furniture for the White House that remains as a Texas tribute before President Bush left office.  They have pics and documents on their wall.

http://www.homesteadheritage.com

 There is lodging nearby

 http://www.homesteadcraftfair.com/campingandlodging.html

and a map to get there

http://www.homesteadheritage.com/contact_us.html

and links to their furniture, barns, gristmill, trades schools, and natural range-fed beef

http://www.homesteadheritage.com/contact_us.html

Another great place is south of Dallas near Palestine.  An historic steam engine train makes round trip excursions from Palestine to Rusk and back. Make a reservation and enjoy.

http://www.texasescapes.com/TOWNS/Palestine/Palestine_Texas.htm

Safely enjoy the holiday weekend and remember to fly your flagshttp://www.usa-flag-site.org/

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