The Gateway To Texas

Discover Why East Texas Is Amazing

It’s where history and culture come naturally. Texas heritage is everywhere – from historic downtown with antique shops, restored Victorian buildings, soda fountains, museums, and monuments to state historic sites, railroads, sawmill towns, and oil boomtowns.

East Texas has some of the
most historic places

The sites range from Native American ceremonial mounds to grand Victorian mansions to sprawling frontier forts. The THC’s state historic sites in East Texas exemplify the breadth of Texas history.

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Amazing Things To Do
In East Texas

Find out about a few experiences in our region that you don’t want to miss. Our to do list is simply amazing.

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Starr Family Home
Marshall, Texas

Nestled in the heart of Marshall’s museums and cultural activities, Starr Family Home State Historic Site is composed of several elegant structures that map the 150-year history of the Starr family in Texas. Read The Blog and Watch the Video Here.

Great Places. Amazing People. Beautiful Locations.

The Texas Forest Trail Needs Your Support

We are a non-profit group that helps bring tax dollars and travelers to every county in East Texas, and provide communities with the tools, training, and professional support they need to preserve their history and successfully market their tourism sites and attractions.

Help the Texas Forest Trail and our initiative. As a nonprofit, every dollar you contribute supports the region.