Explore Orange Texas

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1668---SHANGRI LA BONTANICAL GARDENWhen visiting Texas head east and visit Texas’ easternmost city, Orange, which is located on the Sabine River on the Texas/Louisiana border. Orange is a beautiful which offers both natural and cultural venues.  Anglers can enjoy both freshwater and saltwater fishing.  There also an abundance of hunting and birding sites for sportsmen to explore.

For those into the arts and culture, the Lutcher Theatre, offers a variety of musical performances for every member of the family. Orange is also home to several Stark cultural institutions.   These include the Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, the Stark Museum of Art and the W. H. Stark House.   The Shangri La Botanical Gardens is a  acre   natural oasis of plants, animals and a bayou.  The Stark Museum of Art offers an extensive art collection focusing on the American west.  The collection includes Native American artifacts, Audubon works, drawings, Remington bronzes and much more.

The W. H Stark House is a fully restored 1894 Victorian Home which includes original family furnishings. The W.H. Stark House was home to William Henry and Miriam Lutcher Stark.  Miriam  moved to Orange with her parents in the late 1870’s.

In 1881 Miriam M. Lutcher married William Henry Stark, who made his fortune in banking, oil, rice, insurance, and the regional timber industry. They moved into their home in 1894 and occupied it until 1936. They were passionate collectors.

When the Stark family moved into their new home, W.H. Stark was forty-three, Miriam was thirty-five, and their son Lutcher was seven. They were the only family to inhabit the house. When W.H. and Miriam Stark died in 1936, the house was closed. It was vacant until 1970 when restoration began. Restoration to the era of 1894 continued for ten years, and the house was opened as a house museum for public tours on February 10, 1981.

Orange also is home to an exquisite example of Greek Revival architecture. The First  Presbyterian Church, loaced at 902. W. Green Avenue  features  an opalescent glass dome and stained glass windows.  The exterior is native Texas  pink granite and the lampposts are bronze.

Two other interesting historical museums are the Brown Center at Lamar State College, which was built as a family residence of oilman Edgar Brown  who created this Southern plantation house to please his wife and the other interesting museum is the Heritage House Museum which is a large two story  home built in 1902.  This musem showcases changing historical exhibits along with authentic room settings.

The Sabine River offers wonderful fishing opportunities and hosts an elite Bassmasters fishing tournament.  The Sabine River estuary offers bass anglers three major types of habitat to fish: traditional sandbar river habitat in its northern and midwestern sections; cypress/tupelo swamp habitat complete with cypress knees, sloughs and winding bayous; and marshlike areas found just before its into Sabine Lake south of Interstate 10.  No matter what fishing habitat you prefer, you are sure to find great fishing along the Sabine. River.

When visiting Orange you are not far from other great Texas gulf coast cities including Beaumont, Nederland, and Bridge City.

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