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The Stone Fort Museum

Stone Fort Museum Reopening Plan

The museum is dedicated to the wellness and safety of our patrons and staff. We are carefully evaluating when to re-open and how to manage the small space while ensuring a safe environment for everyone. As we develop procedures to manage the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic, we will keep our patrons and community informed via social media and the museum’s website.

Until we gather together again, we are moving some programs online including Conversations with Collectors, part of the current exhibit ‘The Nature of Collecting,’ and co-operative programs with cultural organizations across East Texas. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram @stonefortmuseum and Twitter @sfmsfa.

Stay well East Texans and we will see you soon!

Current Exhibits

With a Purpose – The Women’s Club Movement and the Cum Concilio Club in Nacogdoches

October 10, 2019 – March 28, 2020

The Progressive Women’s Club Movement began in Nacogdoches in 1894 with Mrs. Davidson’s invitation to a few friends to join a group for mutual self-improvement. The newly formed Cum Concilium was born during a time when women all across the Unites States increasingly expressed a desire to learn and do more than social norms allowed. Since the mid-1800s and forward, women have been banding together for self-improvement and mutual support. This clubdom quickly turned their attention to the needs of their community. The results of their efforts include the kinds of civic projects we see in Nacogdoches to this day – led and supported by women’s clubs.

East Texas Originals

Much has been made of the date of Nacogdoches’ founding, but of much more significance is the means. How does a community happen and what factors influence its development? Whether the oldest town in Texas, or one of several very old towns, Nacogdoches has a character all its own. What forces shape a town and make it distinct from others? Certainly, the land and its resources play an important role in the settlement patterns for eastern Texas. Even so, towns are made up of people who live and work together. This semi-permanent exhibit will rotate a cast of characters; sometimes ordinary, sometimes extraordinary, that helped shape East Texas and formed the bedrock character of modern Nacogdoches.





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

Temporary Closure

In response to the ongoing global concerns around COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the museum remains closed. We will provide additional information as soon as possible. For updates on the university’s COVID-19 plan, visit:

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.

Directions & Parking

From Starr Avenue, enter Stephen F. Austin State University at Clark Boulevard traveling north. The museum will be on your right at the circle intersection of Griffith and Clark Boulevards.

Visitors to the museum may park at no cost in any legal parking slot including faculty, staff, or student. If there are no vacancies in street parking, the Student Center Parking Garage across from the museum on Alumni Drive offers paid parking.

See a map.


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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