El Camino Real de los Tejas and Building Nacogdoches: 1716 – 2016
March 2016 - August 2017
Join us on a trek across Texas as we explore the origins of the first established road in Texas. Check out the Museum's video, El Camino Real de los Tejas. More information.
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.
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.
The museum will be closed during the university holiday, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 through Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. The museum will reopen regular hours on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.
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.
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