Explore The Oldest Town In Texas

Explore the Oldest Town in Texas
Published: Oct. 27, 2023 at 1:42 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 27, 2023 at 1:46 PM EDT
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The Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau welcomes you to explore the history and charm of the Oldest Town in Texas. Their Creative Content Director, Ashely Morgan, commented, “We are typically the first place people stop and get information.” The Charles Bright Visitor Center serves as a gateway to the numerous attractions and experiences the old brick streets offer.

Antique enthusiasts and nature lovers alike can find something to appreciate in this historical Texan treasure. As you stroll through the historic downtown area’s red brick streets, you’ll immediately feel the warm hospitality and undeniable charm that characterize the city.

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, Nacogdoches won’t disappoint. Explore miles of historic trails that once served as vital trade routes for Native Americans. Amidst the lush natural beauty, take a break and enjoy a meal in any downtown restaurant. Nacogdoches is brimming with countless compelling views and photo opportunities.

If you’re a history buff, you’ll be fascinated by the many historical sites that showcase the city’s past. The Sterne-Hoya House Museum and Library dates back to 1830 and captures the lives of prominent merchant and Texas Revolution leader Adolphus Sterne and the von der Hoya family. The museum’s interior is decorated with period antiques, family heirlooms, and an extensive Texas history library, making it a true time capsule of Texas history.

The Durst-Taylor Historic House and Gardens is a fascinating wood-frame house that dates back to approximately 1835. It is the second oldest building in Nacogdoches and has a rich history intertwined with early business people, bankers, and political leaders. The museum offers visitors a chance to explore a smokehouse, blacksmith shop, chicken coop, heirloom gardens, and a sugarcane mill.

The Old Nacogdoches University Building, also known as the “mother of education in Texas,” serves as a Texas State Historical Landmark and a tribute to the enduring significance of education. It is currently managed by the Nacogdoches Federation of Women’s Clubs. It showcases period furnishings and artifacts that reflect its early days, allowing visitors to gain a deeper understanding of education’s crucial role in the region’s history.

The Nacogdoches Railroad Depot, built by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1911, was essential in transporting goods, passengers, and soldiers over long distances. Although it stopped serving passengers in 1954, the depot still fascinates visitors with its rich history. It is recognized as a National Historic Place. It now serves as a transportation museum, showcasing the railway’s glorious past and the stories of the passengers and workers who contributed to its legacy.

There are also various events throughout the year, such as the Wine Swirl in April, the Texas Blueberry Festival in June, and the Christmas Parade in December. In addition to live music, all the college sports and events at SFA and competitions like the Brick Street Burger Battle, where customers can vote on who has the best burger in Nacogdoches to have a chance at winning a cash prize.

Visiting Nacogdoches isn’t just a trip; it’s a journey through time, culture, and the natural beauty of East Texas. The Nacogdoches Visitor Center and the city’s historical sites offer a glimpse into the heart and soul of the oldest town in Texas.

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