This 1830s home was occupied by several great Texas pioneers. The wood-framed house is interpreted to the 1840s–60s when the Blackburn family lived there. The grounds include a blacksmith shop, smokehouse and historic gardens. Open 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tue.–Sat. Allow 45 minutes for tours. Donations we...
The 2.5-mile rustic trail through Pecan Acres Park along Lanana Creek follows paths once traveled by Native Americans. Begins at Liberty Hall on East Main Street.
On 37 acres north of the city, this reconstructed historic village depicts a broad sampling of East Texas architecture from the most simple log cabin to the Victorian era, all furnished with antiques. Tours 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon.–Sat. and 1–4 p.m. Sun. Admission charge. 6020 North St. (U.S. 59 north...
The seven-acre garden provides an opportunity for Master Gardeners to show the many aspects of ornamental gardening, fruit and vegetable production, or turf grass management. Always open. Free. Corner of East Main Street and University Drive. 888/OLDEST-TOWN. (888/653-3788).
Graves date from 1837. Several have interesting monuments. Four signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence, including Thomas J. Rusk, are buried here. On North Lanana Street at Hospital Street.
The 1859 Greek Revival building housed a university chartered by the Republic. Today, it houses a museum dedicated to education in Texas during the 19th century with items from a Confederate Hospital—one was housed in the building during the Civil War. Open 1–4 p.m. Tue.–Fri. and 10 a.m.–4 p.m. S...
In 1936, original stones from Don Antonio Gil Y'Barbo's 1779 house were used to build the present structure on the Stephen F. Austin University campus. This landmark contains an exhibit on the history of the house plus temporary exhibits. Open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Tue.–Sat. and 1–5 p.m. Sun. Closed holi...
The 39-acre center is home to endangered-plant research and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Demonstration Garden, a satellite of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin. Open dawn–dusk daily. Universally accessible. 2900 Raguet St. on the north side of the SFASU campus. 936/468-1832.
The East and West Texas Railway came to town in 1883. Southern Pacific Railroad purchased HE&WT in 1899. In 1911, SPR built the current depot after lightning caused a fire that burned the original building. Passenger service stopped in 1954. Corner of West Main and Old Tyler Road. 936/560-4441.
Texas' largest azalea garden features more than 7,000 azaleas spread over eight forested acres. Peak bloom time is late March–first week of April. Open dawn–dusk daily. South of the SFA Johnson Coliseum on University Drive. 936/468-1832.
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