See and Do
Designated a Historic Main Street City in 1986 and the National Registry of Historic Places in 2013, Pittsburg's downtown area has much to offer in its lovely shops featuring antiques, fine clothing, shoes, gifts, crafts,and restaurants . Historic Pittsburg's quaint shops and friendly people make visiting and shopping a delightful experience.
Witness Park and Prayer Tower
Located at the Intersection of Lafayette and Jefferson Streets, The Prayer Tower is a gift to the city from businessman Bo Pilgrim. The Prayer Tower is 75 feet tall with a chapel that is open 24 hours and four Paccard bells from France. The bells chime and play hymns on the hour. Witness Park is beautifully landscaped with flowers, a gurgling fountain and life-size bronze statue of Jesus washing the disciple Peter's feet.
206 Mt. Pleasant Street
The Farmstead Museum features a 120 year-old farmhouse, barn, and smokehouse, depicting life at the turn of last century. The farmstead has been completely restored and is furnished with antiques of the period. Cotton, corn, and other crops are grown in the demonstration garden. The General Store is open for business, selling unique gift items. The Farmstead is open Thursdays through Saturdays. Special hours for group tours can be arranged in advance.
200 Marshall Street.
Completely restored the depot has five major exhibit areas featuring an archeology exhibit of Indian artifacts, famous Northeast Texas people, and a working re-creation of the Depot's telegraph station. Telegraphers from across the state meet there every year to test their skills on Samuel Morse Day. The former freight warehouse now houses antique autos, boat motors, farm implements, 1890's steam engines, and a restored 1925 American LeFrance fire truck.
The Ezekiel Airship
Depot Museum Annex, Fulton Street at S. Market.
Baptist minister and inverntor Burrell Cannon (1848-1922) led some Pittsburg investors to establish the Ezekiel Airship Company in order to build a craft described in the Biblical book of Ezekiel. The ship had large, fabric-covered wings that were powered by an engine that turned four sets of paddles. It was built in a nearby machine shop and was briefly airborne late in 1902--a year before the Wright Brothers first took flight. On its way to the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904, a storm destroyed the air-ship. In 1913, a second model crashed and Reverend Cannon gave up the project. The airship on display is a life-sized replica.
Historic Abernathy House
406 Quitman Street
D.H. Abernathy and Mary Lou Pitts Abernathy built this beautiful Queen Ann Victorian Stlye home in 1896. Mr. Abernathy was a dry goods merchant in downtown and Mary Lou Pitts was the niece of Major W. H. Pitts who founded the city in 1854. The Abernathy House, currently owned by Neoma Twining of Dallas, is available to the public for special events.
Whatley Center for the Performing Arts
NTCC Campus FM 1735
The Whatley Center presents a professional performing arts series, college theatre productions, and changing art shows during the months September through May.
Bed and Breakfasts
Pittsburg has charming establishments run by innkeeper owners including The Holman House, Lavender Mermaid, and Greer Farm.
Vineyards and Wineries
Local wineries offer a day winemaking tours and tasting, including Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards and St. Rose Vineyard and Winery. It's an adventure for your taste buds.
With five lakes located just a short drive from town, visitors to the Pittsburg Camp County area can enjoy water skiing, boating, camping, and fishing. Fishing is serious business here in East Texas with anglers vying for trophy bass, catfish, and crappie at Lake Bob Sandlin, Cypress Lake,, Monticello Lake, Welsh Lake, and Lake of the Pines.
Bob Sandlin State Park
Bob Sandlin State Park is a 640-acre park that opened in 1987 and is filled with deer and other wildlife. Four and a half miles of hiking/biking trails wind through a forest wonderland offering scenic beauty and beckoning tranquility in all seasons. The park, located on FM 21, ten miles from Pittsburg, boasts 95 overnight facilites consisting of RV concrete pads, shelters, and cabins in addition to a pavilion that may be reserved for a small fee which is perfect for family reunions or company events. A boat launch and pier are available for the anglers. A roped off swimming area in the lake brings welcome relief on hot summer days.
Orchards and Produce Stands
Camp County is one of the top peach producing areas in Texas as well as being host to growing blueberries and blackberries. Look for roadside stands, including Efurd Orchards and McPeak Orchards on U.S. 271 South. which offer peaches, berries, melonds, fresh vegetables, jams, jellies, syrups, and gift baskets from mid-May to mid-October.
Trees and the Texas Forest Trail
Pittsburg is located on the northern most part of the Texas Historical Commission's Texas Forest Trail. The country roads of East Texas are lined with cars in both spring and fall to catch the breathtaking beauty of the trees. Many visitors are surprised that this area has an even greater variety of tree species than New England. The best viewing for fall foliage is from mid-October through mid-November when the maples and sweet gum are blazing with vibrant colors. From mid-March to early April, our woods are blooming with dogwood, redbud, and vast arrays of wildflowers. Some of the best scenic drives behin in Pittsburg. Watch for the blue and white Texas Forest Trail signs marking the region. Favorite tourist routes are along SH 11, FM 557, and FM 21.
Our moderate climate allows year-round golfing. Princedale Country Club in Pittsburg is a nine-hole course nestled in rolling hills and pine trees. Although not a public course, Princedale welcomes visitors if no tournament is scheduled.