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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

Old Stone Fort

The museum is housed in a 1936 replica, built on a new site, of Don Antonio Gil Y'Barbo's stone house. Y'Barbo, founder of Nacogdoches, built the stone house circa 1779 as the formal portal to the Spanish District of Texas. The original site of the house, torn down in 1902

Nacogdoches, TX Historic Forts

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

El Camino Real

"The King's Highway;" first blazed in 1691 by Domingo Teran de los Rios, first provincial governor of Texas. Often called "Old San Antonio Road" (OSR), route is virtually that of today's Texas 21

Nacogdoches, TX History

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

Things to do near Nacogdoches, TX

Panola County Historical Jail Museum

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Princedale Country Club

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