Heritage Syrup Festival

Enjoy the Festival


The tradition of ribbon cane syrup making is commemorated at the Annual Heritage Syrup Festival, held the second Saturday of November from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The highlight of the only folk life festival in East Texas is the syrup making demonstration on the Depot Museum grounds. Experienced syrup makers operate the museum’s antique mule powered equipment to produce old fashioned cane syrup.

While the syrup cooks, other folk artist demonstrate the techniques of lace making, rope making, basket making, blacksmithing, wood carving, quilting, and other old-time survival skills. Folk singers entertain, antique tractors whine, a petting zoo, and local civic organizations offer a varied selection of food and beverages.

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From the museum, the festivities spread six blocks to Heritage Square, which is located in the Downtown National Register Historic District. Browse among the 150 handcrafted arts and crafts booths, sample East Texas cuisine and enjoy the musical entertainment on stage one. Enjoy Henderson’s Civic Theatre performance of a melodrama at the Opera House.

A fun filled experience awaits you on stage two, where you will be entertained by cloggers and square dancers. Relive history while you visit the antique and classic car exhibit. The children’s section provides activities which are sure to promise a fun filled day for the entire family.

Hay ride shuttles, sponsored by the Rusk County 4-H Club, provide rustic transportation between the Depot Museum and Downtown Heritage Square. Call Suzanne Cross, City of Henderson Tourism Coordinator toll free at (866) 650-5529 for more information or Vickie Armstrong at the Depot Museum by calling (903) 657-4303.
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ANTIQUE CARS ON DISPLAY

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SIGN IN | 8:00AM There is no fee to display your antique car.   

LOCATION |  Corner of Depot and 306 N. Main Street.  Displayed cars will be centered around the (3) blocks of Rusk County Courthouse. Look for directional signs along Highways 64, 259 and 79.


NEW FOOD COURT LOCATION

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Food vendor booths will now be located along South Marshall Avenue. 


HAYRIDE SHUTTLE LOADING ZONES 

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COST PER PERSON | $2 

SHUTTLE TO DEPOT MUSEUM | Loading Zone: Corner of South Marshall and East Main St. in Historic Downtown Henderson

 SHUTTLE TO HISTORIC DOWNTOWN | Loading Zone: Behind the Depot Museum grounds on Mill St., around the fence line.

GPS address for Historic Downtown is 100 E. Main Street.  GPS address for Depot Museum is 514 North High Street


Street Closures 

For the safety of our guests, there will be extensive street closures and patrol by Henderson Police Department for Heritage Syrup Festival. 

Street Closures Beginning [Friday, November 12] 6PM 
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West Main @ Jackson (East side of intersection)
North Main @ West Fordall (South side of intersection)
North Calhoun @ East Fordall (South side of intersection)
East Main @ Marshall (West and South side of intersection)
East Ragley @ South Marshall (North side of intersection)
South Calhoun @ East Minden (West side of intersection)
Sout Main @ West Elk (North side of intersection)
South Jackson @ West Minden (West side of intersection)
Street Closures Beginning [Saturday, November 13] 6AM 
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East Main @ High (West side of intersection) 
South Main @ East Howard (North side of intersection) 
West Main @ Van Buren (East side of intersection)
North Marshall @ East Fordall (North side of intersection)
Reed @ South Calhoun (West side of intersection)
East Ragley @ South Marshall (West side of intersection)
East Ragley @ South Marshall (North side of intersection)
South Marshall @ East Minden (East side of intersection)
East Fordall @ S&N Cleaners
East Charlevoix @ North Calhoun (East side of intersection)
East Van Sickle @ North Calhoun (East side of intersection)
North Main @ Depot (South side of intersection)
West Charlevoix @ North Jackson (East side of intersection)
North Van Buren @ West Fordall (East side of intersection)
West Minden @ South Jackson (West side of intersection)
West Elk @ South Jackson (West side of intersection)
South Van Buren @ West Ragley (East side of intersection)
EVENT TIME: 9AM-5PM

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