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The Stone Fort Museum

Upcoming Event

Gary Pinkerton, author
Trammel's Trace: The First Road to Texas from the North book coverLunch and Learn: Trammel's Trace with author, Gary Pinkerton

12 to 1 p.m., Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017

Culinary Café on the SFA Campus, Education Annex, Room 121
Tickets are $10 each. Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance.

Trammel’s Trace, named for Nicholas Trammell, was the first route from the United States into the northern boundaries of Spanish Texas. From the Great Bend of the Red River it intersected with El Camino Real in Nacogdoches. By the early nineteenth century, Trammel’s Trace was largely a smuggler’s trail that delivered horses and contraband into the region. It was a microcosm of the migration, lawlessness, and conflict that defined the period. Evidence of Trammel’s Trace remains across seven Texas counties. Pinkerton and a group of fellow “rut nuts” are actively engaged in educating and informing landowners to enlist their support in preserving this part of history. Copies of Pinkerton’s book on the trace will be available for purchase.

Phone 936-468-2408 to purchase a ticket.

The Culinary Café is a learning laboratory featuring cuisine prepared by SFA Hospitality students under the direction of Chef Todd Barrios, CEC. The hospitality administration program at SFA prepares leaders to enter the diverse field of hospitality. For more information about our program and major, click here, or email Dr. Chay Runnels, program coordinator, at



Current Exhibit
March 2016 - August 2017

El Camino Real de los Tejas and Building Nacogdoches: 1716 – 2016

In 2016, Nacogdoches will mark its tricentennial year celebrating the region’s Spanish heritage. The Stone Fort Museum’s exhibit El Camino Real de los Tejas and Building Nacogdoches highlights this rich history and focuses on the people that lived and traveled along the road.

Museum collections and objects on loan from the personal collections of Rick Still and George Avery, in addition to material from the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the SFA Anthropology Lab, include flintlocks, flint knives, cruciform stirrups, belt knives, tools for traveling and tools for building a new home. In the eighteenth century, Spanish expeditions into eastern Texas lasted from several months to sometimes over a year. A century later, the trail served as a primary overland route for Anglo and African American migrations into Texas. Regardless of how or why people moved to the region, over time the large scale migration and the influx of talent led to major changes in communities along the trail.

The campus of Stephen F. Austin State University is home to a fort, and not just any fort. A fort that was a trading post, private home, church, jail, and saloon - but never a fort. A fort that was built three times, and a fort that was torn down by men to be re-erected by women. Read more about the history of the Stone Fort.

Admissions & Hours

Admission for individuals is free of charge. Educational programs are by reservation only. Call 936-468-2408 for group rates and more information.

Open Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and University Holidays.


From North Street, Business Highway 59, enter Stephen F. Austin State University at Griffith Boulevard. The Museum will be on your left at the intersection of Griffith and Clarke Boulevards. Free parking for visitors is available only on the front and the south sides of the Museum. Paid parking is available in the covered garage across from the Museum.


Phone: 936-468-2408
Fax: 936-468-7084

Stephen F. Austin State University
Stone Fort Museum
Post Office Box 6075
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

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