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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

La Calle del Norte

Spanish for "The Street of the North,"

Nacogdoches, TX History

Stephen F. Austin Mast Arboretum

Started in 1985, this was the first arboretum at a university in Texas. Special features include an 11-acre arboretum of rare trees, shrubs, vines, ground covers, and a children's garden that lies along the Lanana Creek Trail, 8

Nacogdoches, TX Aboretums

Visitor Information

For more information on city accommodations, restaurants, and events, stop by the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau at 888/

Nacogdoches, TX Visitors Centers

Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden

Texas' largest azalea garden features more than 6,500

Nacogdoches, TX Gardens

Things to do near Nacogdoches, TX

Outlaw Gap Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

Historical Sites

Historical monuments and markers identify abundant sites including Sam Houston's law office, blocks of original Mexican town ...

Princedale Country Club

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: 2 days...

Wolf Creek Park

Fishing, boating, skiing, swimming, and hiking, all available in wooded park on beautiful Lake Livingston. Campsites for RVs ...

Old Rusk Penitentiary Bldg.

Central administration building of present Rusk State Hospital built as main building of former Rusk State Prison, 1878. Iron...