Known as "The Cradle of Texas," Sam Houston had an office here; Davy Crockett was feted on his way to the Alamo; and James Pinckney Henderson, Texas' first governor, lived here when San Augustine was the eastern gateway to Texas. This is the seat of San Augustine County, a county with a rich historical past. The city is on the nationally designated historic "El Camino Real de los Tejas" trail (the Royal Highway, now Texas 21 in this area). Several church congregations lay claim as Texas' oldest: Presbyterian, Episcopal and CME Black Methodist. Visit the antique stores and emporiums, and sample the Grapefruit High Ball at San Augustine Drug. The restored Old Town Well (circa 1860)—complete with sweetgum roller, hand-wrought iron handle and oaken bucket—is in the Old Stripling Drug Store. The store is now owned by the San Augustine County Historical Society and is a photo studio.
Events include Sale on the Trail and a PRCA rodeo in May, plus a Civic Auction in September. The Sassafras Festival is held the last weekend in October.
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