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The Stone Fort Museum

Step into History!

The Stone Fort Museum celebrates early East Texas history with stories about the people remembered or forgotten, places cherished or destroyed, things made or used, and challenges faced! A legacy of Nacogdoches’ Spanish history, the museum is housed in a 1936 reconstruction of Antonio Gil Y’Barbo’s eighteenth century stone house and explores the natural and cultural history of the region.

To plan your trip, check open days and hours on our Google Calendar, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram @stonefortmuseum and Twitter @sfmsfa.

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Interior East Texas

1 - 4 p.m. Saturday, January 20

The Stone Fort Museum will host "Interior East Texas" to kick off the Nacogdoches Public Library’s Big Read program. The event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 20 at the museum on SFA’s campus.

The kickoff event is part of the Nacogdoches Public Library’s Big Read project featuring Charles Yu’s 2020 novel, "Interior Chinatown," a novel that explores the themes of race, assimilation and identity. East Texans are stereotyped as wearing a cowboy hat and boots while driving a big truck to go to a football game where they’ll eat barbecue and say, ‘yall’. Any of those things may be true, but it reduces the individual living in East Texas from a complex individual to a one-dimensional character.

At "Interior East Texas", you’ll explore as much Real Texas as you want while you embrace the Bigger than Texas story of you! Design a collage of the Real You in a poster portrait. We’ll have everything you need to craft your identity with paper, paint, and collage materials. Then, hang on to your identity and your cowboy hat while you stroll through an afternoon of Texas food, games, and music. Tuck into a Texas chili dog, play a round of horseshoes, and enjoy live music by local band, El Camino Real de Nacogdoches. The Sheriff will be on the lookout for trouble and will hand out prizes for the best costumes and trips to jail for the worst!

The event is free and will be held inside the museum and underneath a tent on the north lawn. For more information or to volunteer to help with the event, contact stonefort@sfasu.edu.

 



 

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.


Fabricating Fashion exhibit Fabricating Fashion

Survival for the inhabitants of early Nacogdoches depended on three ingredients: food, clothing, and shelter. The exhibit, Fabricating Fashion, surveys the skills, tools and traditions that shaped clothing and textile arts in East Texas. On display is a late 1800s four-harness counterbalance loom used by the Watters family from Alto, Texas. Try your hand at embroidery or carding cotton, and celebrate textile arts traditions from hand spinning to weaving to quilting.

 


 

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

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday
1 - 5 p.m. Sundays
Closed Mondays
To check updates on any changes to regular hours, 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.

Contact

Phone: 936-468-2408
Fax: 936-468-7084
email: stonefort@sfasu.edu

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

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