Texas Forest Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Cultural Heritage

Sandra Reed holding historic images of ancestors
Sandra Reed, Bastrop


Ask a visitor what they love best about Texas and you'll usually get one answer above all others-"The food!" Where else can you consume pork tamales, a bowl of three-alarm chili (no beans!), bratwurst and sauerkraut, baby-back ribs, kielbasa, dim sum, gravlax, pemmican, crayfish ŽtouffŽe, and pecan pie all in one day? The smorgasbord of cuisine available in Texas reflects a much grander design of diversity-our own!

As Texans, our pride of place is eclipsed only by pride of an ancestry hailing from all points on the compass-Mexico, South America, Eastern and Western Europe, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa, and Native America. And while Texans across the state may represent a generous distinction of cultures, we all seem to share at least one common denominator-the love of good food. We also like to party. Maybe that's why our calendar is filled with cultural heritage festivals like Oktoberfest, Cinco de Mayo, the Highland Games, Texas Folklife Festival, Charro Days, and the National Polka Festival. Celebrating what divides us also unites us. But enough about heritage. Let's eat!

Upcoming Events

  • October 28, 2017 - 11:00am to 4:00pm

    Marshall Hebrew Cemetery
    Herndon and Evans
    Marshall  Texas  75670
    United States

    Capturing the Spirits Historic Cemetery Tours will take place in three of Harrison County's most historic cemeteries; Marshall Hebrew Cemetery; Greenwood Cemetery; and McJohnsons Cemetery. Tours are free with knowledgeable guides. Free.

  • November 11, 2017 - 5:00pm to December 27, 2017 - 8:00pm

    Texas State Railroad Palestine Depot
    Park Road 70
    Off Hwy 84 East
    Palestine  Texas  75801
    United States

    Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, treats and gifts as the magical story comes to life. Departs 5:00, 6:30 and 8:00 pm. Visit or call 855-632-7729. Check website...