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"Thia Opportunity Wa6 Juat Too Good To Pam6 Up!"
According to Lottie Jonas, it was "a
series of odd coincidences" that led
her to Palestine from Austin.
After growing up in a 140-year-old
house on the outskirts of the Capitol
City, Jonas said that she always
dreamed of one day owning a historic
home and running a bed and breakfast.
But those plans were in the distant
That was until one of Jonas' family
members bought a home and moved
to Palestine, in East Texas. Jonas and
her son helped their relative move, and
"as we crossed the Palestine city limits,
my son and I both felt as though we
had found a new home. It was just so
welcoming and peaceful here."
Opportunity came knocking when
Jonas' younger son noticed a "for
sale" sign on a historic home that was
Lottie Jonas, right, chats with a guest
during the grand opening of her new
bed and breakfast in Palestine last
month. Photograph by Carla Jo
located just two blocks from where
their relative lived. "He was the one
who encouraged me to check out this
home. I had thought that if I ever
owned a bed and breakfast that it
would be closer to Austin, but similar
homes that were available there cost
six times as much." Everything came
together and Jonas purchased the
house one year ago in August.
While she now takes a three-hour
road trip every weekend between
Austin and Palestine, Jonas believes
that she'll move to the small East Texas
town as soon as her young son finishes
elementary school. For now, her older
boy and an employee keep the bed
and breakfast running, though Jonas is
always there for the busier weekends.
"I feel very lucky to be the owner of
this beautiful home," which Jonas
VISIT HISTORIC DOWNTOWN PALESTINE!
You've planned a day trip to beautiful East Texas to explore the wonderful downtown antique shopes of Palestine. Here's a good place
to start! FRANNIE'S FINDINGS, wonderful, unique antiques, architectural pieces and garden decor; BOWERS MANSION B&B
AND ANTIQUES with a diverse collection of antiques in the lovely old carriage house and servants' quarters; DUNCAN DEPOT
ANTIQUES, Palestine's largest antique store specializing in furniture and rare finds, and voted best antique shop in Anderson County;
and the STAR OF TEXAS ANTIQUES featuring a treasure trove of quality furnishings, silver, and majolica. A full day of antiquing.
Just a short stroll up historic North Sycamore Street takes you to LITTLE BEAR'S BIG GREEN HOUSE BED AND BREAKFAST
AND ANTIQUES. Here you can find a wonderful collection of Craftsman and Mission style furniture as well as train treasures.
)unean ~pot qlntiqu$
Arrivals Vunean r Npot 'ntiquc Departures
ArIo00AM Voted Best Antique Store in 2005 5.00 PM
106 W Main - Downtown Palestine
Frank & Lilly Duncan Phone: 903.723.2899
Conductors For Appt: 903.731.4646
Buy - Sell ~ Trade
Franni''s findings 1ntiquzs & Clniques
"Located in Old Town"
ArchitecturalAntiques ~ Garden Decor ~ Primitives
Collectibles ~ Antique Furniture
501 Avenue A (Loop 127) - Palestine, Texas
Friday & Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM ~ Sunday 1 PM - 4 PM
Sid & Francesca Lindholm www.franniesantiques.com
Star of TiaX fAntique
Fine Quality Antique Furniture, Cut Glass & China,
Outstanding Book Collection in Library Setting
Open Wed. - Sat., 10 AM - 5PM
107 West Oak - Palestine, Texas
bowrs/ Mansion 33&-3 and AIntiquez
Antiques in the Carriage House & the Servants' Quarters
Diverse Selection of Pictures, Glassware, Dinnerware, Collectibles,
Pottery, Furniture, Primitives, etc.
Open Wed - Sat., 10 AM - 5 PM
301 S. Magnolia @ Bowers St.
903.723.7263 ~ 903.723.1892
little &3ear's Big Green lIousm
Our B&B is easy to find at 1001 North Sycamore Street, Palestine, Texas 75801
www. littlebearsbiggreenhouse. com
LottieJonas, Charles Perry
HERITAGE W SUMMER 2005
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