Vist Nacogdoches, Texas
The Oldest Town In Texas
by Dana Goolsby
Nacogdoches, Texas- Deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas you will find the oldest town in the Lone Star State. Nacogdoches is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Texas and offers something for everyone. Discovering Nacogdoches should definitely be on your 2014 East Texas To-Do List!
History In A Nutshell
With such a long running history it is practically impossible to put it all in a nutshell. Local legend says the Caddo Indians founded Nacogdoches. Archeological research has established that mounds found in the area date from approximately A.D. 1250, when the Indians built lodges along Lanana and Bonita creeks. Around 1700, the Spanish began establishing missions in and around Nacogdoches. In 1779, Gil Y’Barbo gained permission to lead a group back to East Texas, and established a local government in Nacogdoches and built a stone fort. In 1820, Mexico gave settlers from the U.S. permission to settle in Texas territory, and impresario Haden Edwards was given the contract to settle Nacogdoches. In 1832, citizens of Nacogdoches drove Mexican troops from the town during the “Battle of Nacogdoches,” helping set the stage for the Texas Revolution. Nacogdoches was incorporated in 1837. Until that time, nine flags had flown over Nacogdoches. In 1845, Nacogdoches University was established. In 1923, Stephen F Austin Teachers College, which later became Stephen F. Austin University, was founded.
Nacogdoches has a lovely historic district, complete with beautiful historic homes. In December, the Friends of Historic Nacogdoches group offers historic home tours. Historic Homes you don’t want to miss include:
- The Durst-Taylor Historic House and Gardens, a ca. 1835 wood-frame house that is now a museum interpreting the 1840 to 1860 time period.
- Millard’s Crossing Historical Village, a charming reconstructed 19th-Century village in East Texas.
- The Sterne-Hoya House Museum and Library built in 1830 by a prominent leader in the fight for an independent Texas.
Hit the red brick streets of Nacogdoches and do some shopping! One of the most unique aspects of Nacogdoches is all of the locally-owned specialty and antique stores downtown. Several historical markers and buildings can be seen around the downtown area as well. Downtown Nacogdoches also has a variety of nightlife entertainment choices.
Enjoy a vast variety of cuisines while you visit Nacogdoches. From Texas BBQ to French pastries, Nacogodoches has something to satisfy every taste.
Art & Culture
Art in numerous forms is available in Nacogdoches. From live performing arts to handcrafted glass and galleries, there is no shortage of art in the oldest town in Texas. Take in a show at the Lamp-Lite Theare or stroll the brick streets and see local artsists’ work up close.
Fun, adventure and history is on tap in Nac, which means there is always something fun to do. Visit the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden (Texas’ largest azalea garden), Millard’s Crossing Historic Village, Sterne Hoya House Museum, Durst-Taylor House & Gardens, Nacogdoches Railroad Depot, Stone Fort Museum, Nacogdoches Fire Museum, and Oak Grove Cemetery…for starters!
Nacogdoches offers a variety of outdoor activities from zip lining to fishing. Hike, explore, play and spend the day at one of Nacogdoches’ many parks. And bring your dog along! Nacogdoches recently completed a dog park for your furry friends. With disc golf, volleyball courts, trails and picnic areas you can spend your weekend outdoors if you chose. Lake Nacogdoches is also located nearby (approximately 10 miles away), where families can enjoy swimming and fishing.
Beginning in February, events kick off in Nacogdoches and keep on coming until December. Nacogdoches is a year-round destination for arts, entertainment, recreation, shopping and more! Wine Swirl, Azalea Trail, Texas Blueberry Festival, Nine Flags Festival and Wassail Fest are among some of the top events that draw in tourists.
There are many lodging choices in Nacogdoches. Whether you prefer a cozt Bed & Breakfast or a familiar hotel, Nac has you covered.
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Nacogdoches is located approximately 140 miles NNE of Houston, and 180 miles SE of Dallas. For more information about the City of Nacogdoches www.visitnacogdoches.org. You can also follow them on Facebook.