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Nacogdoches, Texas

The "Oldest Town in Texas," Nacogdoches was named for the Caddo family of Indians who once lived in the area. The town remained a Caddo settlement until 1716 when Spain established a mission here. For more than a hundred years Nacogdoches was the major eastern gateway to Texas. The city is often referred to as the "Cradle of Texas Liberty." The town offers visitors insight into the fight for Texas independence. While six flags have flown over Texas, nine flags, including those of three abortive republics flew over Nacogdoches.

Numerous landmarks and museums pay tribute to the town's historic past, which makes it a popular tourist destination today. The city is also home to Stephen F. Austin State University.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Sterne-Hoya House Museum and Library

Built in 1830 by Nicholas Adolphus Sterne, a prominent merchant and Texas revolution leader, the house, listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Nacogdoches, TX Historic Homes


Oak Grove Cemetery

Graves date from 1837. Several interesting monuments;

Nacogdoches, TX Cemeteries

Old North Church

Believed to be oldest union church in Texas; several denominations worshiped here. First was Baptist service held under a tree on the site in 1835. Present "new" church built in 1852. Protestant services were unlawful in Texas during church's early days. North of city off U.S. 59 on old Highway 35

Nacogdoches, TX Historic Churches

Lanana Creek Trail

Six-mile rustic trail through Pecan Acres Park along Lanana Creek. Scenic trail follows paths once traveled by Indians.

Nacogdoches, TX Trails

Things to do near Nacogdoches, TX

Wedgewood Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...

Pelt Pond Rural Life Museum

Features folk art, artifacts, and other media to preserve the pioneer spirit of rural East Texas. In scenic Big Thicket area,...

Regional Arts Center

Housed in former U.S. District Courthouse built in 1909 featuring ornate plaster, copper cage elevator, and 26-ft. ceiling in...

Center Country Club

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...