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Preserve America is a national initiative in cooperation with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation; the U.S. Departments of Defense, Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, and Education; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities; and the President's Council on Environmental Quality.

Preserve America Community:
Orange, Texas

Orange (population 18,643) is located near the Gulf of Mexico on the Sabine River close to the Texas/Louisiana State line. The city's strategic geographic location made it an important port, and it became a center for shipbuilding during World Wars I and II. The U.S.S. Orleck, a Navy destroyer built in Orange in 1945, is now berthed downtown and is interpreted as a tourist attraction.

The downtown area has many other historic resources and is one of five locally designated historic districts in the community. In the Old Orange Historic District, a primarily residential district, the city offers a partial tax exemption on improvements and protects the district's large street trees by ordinance.

In the downtown district, the Heritage House Museum (1902) and adjacent Heritage History Museum (1915) are focal points for heritage tourism. Last year, the city combined the annual Heritage House living history event with an art show to create a new annual celebration of Orange history and culture.

Orange also promotes heritage tourism by participating in the Texas Historical Commission's Texas Forest Trail heritage tourism initiative.

For more information

City of Orange: www.orangetexas.net

Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau: www.orangetexas.org

Posted May 14, 2009

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