Being the oldest town in Texas means Nacogdoches carries a lot of history; experience the city's storied past at these historic sites.
Durst-Taylor Historic House and Gardens
304 North St., 936/560-4443
Open Tues-Sat, 10-4
This circa 1835 wood-frame house is the second oldest structure in the city. Restored by the City of Nacogdoches to interpret the 1840 to 1860 time period, the hands-on museum includes a smokehouse, blacksmith shop and chicken yard.
Nacogdoches Fire Museum
214 E. Pillar St., 936/559-2541
Home to Nacogdoches’ first commercial fire engine, old sirens, nozzles and tools, as well as numerous photos of local fires. Tours by appointment.
Nacogdoches Railroad Depot
W. Main St. and Old Tyler Rd., 936/560-4443
Tues & Thur, 11-3; Fri, 10-4
Southern Pacific Railroad built the Nacogdoches train depot in 1912. Recently restored, it is now home to the SFA Center for Regional Heritage and features rotating museum displays.
Oak Grove Cemetery
200 N. Lanana St.
Oak Grove Cemetery is one of the most famous cemeteries in Texas. It is the final resting place for a number of legendary Texans, including four signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence.
Old Nacogdoches University Building
515 N. Mound St., 936/569-7292
Tours Tues-Fri, 1-4; Sat, 10-4
Built in 1858, it is the only remaining building of the Nacogdoches University chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas to fulfill settlers’ ideals for higher education. It was used as a hospital during the Civil War. The building is furnished with period pieces.
Sterne-Hoya House Museum and Library
211 S. Lanana St., 936/560-5426
Tours Tues-Sat, 10-4
This circa 1830 home was built by Adolphus Sterne, a prominent leader of the Texas Revolution, and is the oldest house in Nacogdoches still on its original site. Sam Houston was baptized into the Catholic Church in the parlor of the home. Free admission.
Stone Fort Museum
1808 Alumni Drive (on the SFA Campus), 936/468-2408
Tours Tues-Sat, 9-5; Sun, 1-5
This replica of Antonio Gil Y’Barbo’s 1779 Spanish colonial stone house served as a trading post, private home, church, jail and saloon. Displays illustrate East Texas and Nacogdoches history. Free admission.