Durst-Taylor House

Photo Credit- City of Nacogdoches

The Durst-Taylor Historic House and Gardens is a circa 1835 wood-frame house and is the second oldest building in Nacogdoches. The house sits very close to the intersection of the old El Camino Real de los Tejas and La Calle de Norte and was home to many early businessmen, bankers, and political leaders including Thomas J. Rusk, Bennet Blake and William Ochiltree. This hands-on museum includes a fully functioning smokehouse, blacksmith shop and chicken coop as well as heirloom gardens and a sugarcane mill.

The Old-Fashioned Sweet Tooth Sugarcane event is held annually at the Durst-Taylor Historic House and Gardens on the 2nd Saturday in January. Sugarcane, which is grown at the museum, is pressed using the sugarcane mill and made into syrup.


  • Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am- 4:00 pm

Tours are FREE, but donations are welcome. Closed Sundays, Mondays and major Holidays.
If you would like to schedule a large tour or a school group, contact the Historic Sites Department.

Phone# (936) 560-4443