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The Stone Fort Museum

Stone Fort Museum Open with New Exhibits and Reimagined Spaces

The museum operates with the support of SFA student employees, and as we rebuild our staff, the museum will be open limited hours beginning May 18. For updates on open days and hours, please visit our Google Calendar.  and follow us on Facebook, Instagram @stonefortmuseum and Twitter @sfmsfa.

Volunteer at the Museum!
We are in need of volunteers to help us open the doors! If you would like to share your time and talents to support Nacogdoches’ oldest museum, please click here to submit your information.

Current Exhibits

El Camino Real de los Tejas and Nacogdoches: History in Every Direction exhibit
El Camino Real de los Tejas and Nacogdoches: History in Every Direction

The history of Nacogdoches is tied to the Camino Real. Roads are agents of change; affecting settlement patterns and economic activity; bringing colonization and cultural exchange.The trails that connected the Caddo with distant trading partners also brought Europeans to East Texas; first from the south and then from the east.This well-established road led Antonio Gil Y’Barbo away from his ranch near Lobanillo Creek on the order of the Spanish Crown, and later, back to the abandoned Nacogdoches’ mission site in 1779. Along this road,Y’Barbo built his house that later became a popular trading post. This exhibit explores the people who traveled the corridor of trails and made history in every direction.

The Nature of Collecting exhibit The Nature of Collecting
May 2021 – January 2022

We collect books, bottles, coins, stamps, rocks, toys and tools, and we do it for intensely personal reasons.Objects document mankind’s inventiveness, likes and dislikes, point of view, and much more; they also support and inspire learning. The Nature of Collecting examines why people like to collect objects, how we connect meaning to these things and how this fits with the goals of institutional collecting.Explore this eclectic show and find your passion.



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

The museum is open limited hours beginning May 18, 2021. For updates on open days and hours, please visit our Google Calendar.

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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