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The Stone Fort Museum

Nominations Open
Cum Concilio Club Heritage Preservation Award

The Stephen F. Austin State University Stone Fort Museum is accepting nominations for the 2017 Cum Concilio Club Heritage Preservation Award. The biennial award was established in honor of the Cum Concilio Club’s dedication to the preservation of Nacogdoches’ cultural and historic landscape.

The award recognizes an individual or group who has made significant contributions in heritage preservation in Nacogdoches County, including the preservation of works of art, archives, architecture, historic objects, natural history and the built environment.

The 2015 inaugural award was presented to Dr. Francis Edward ‘Ab’ Abernethy for his vision and perseverance in the development of the Lanana Creek Trail. Award recipients and their accomplishments are recognized as part of the museum’s wayside exhibit, Building History, located on the south side of the structure.

Nominations for the 2017 award are due by 5 p.m., Friday, June 30.

Download a printable nomination form with instructions, or contact Carolyn Spears at (936) 468-2408, or email


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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