Discover Nacogdoches—The Oldest Town in Texas


Photo © Courtesy of Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau

Nacogdoches—Where History Meets Hospitality

Located in the heart of Deep East Texas, Nacogdoches is a 300-year-old city and a well-loved tourist destination by many. The region is known for its exciting events, the home of Stephen F. Austin State University, and many beautiful gardens, making it the garden capital of Texas.

With a trip to the city, there are endless opportunities for travellers to discover the history that fills the region, explore nature, and immerse themselves in Texan culture.

History of Texas’ Oldest Town

A local legend says that the Caddo Indians founded Nacogdoches and the city was later seized and declared a province of Mexico from 1821 to 1836. There were many attempts to reclaim Texas for the United States, however it was the Battle of Nacogdoches in 1832 that was successful in Texas’ fight for independence. In 1845, Texas voters overwhelmingly approved a United States annexation proposal and Texas was admitted into the Union as the 28th state.

Photo © Courtesy of Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau

Those who lived in the city during the war assisted in building up the infrastructure, and by 1880 there were brick buildings and the town’s first bank had been established. Thus leading to the modern day region of Nacogdoches, and is now considered one of the most historic towns in Texas and its rich heritage attracts visitors from around the world.

Museums and Historical Landmarks

With its vast history, tourists are eager to visit Nacogdoches to experience the history first-hand.

To discover the history, explore landmarks like the Old Stone Fort, Caddo Mounds, the Historic Town Center and more.

At the Historic Town Center, you will discover more about the history and legends of Texas’ oldest towns, from stories of early settlers to historical artifacts. Similarly, the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site was the home of mound builders of Caddoan origin, the Indigenous community that lived in the area for 500 years before the region joined the United States. The park offers exhibits, a seven mile trail, Caddo dwellings and ceremonial areas, two temple mounds, a burial mound, and a village area.

Fun For the Whole Family

From antiquing to nature works, Nacogdoches has fun for everyone. Experience the hospitality and charm while strolling the red brick streets of the historic downtown, hike trails, or break for tea in a Victorian mansion.

For the little ones, take a trip to Ellen Trout Zoo that is home to some 500 animals, including exotic birds and mammals.

For adults, visit one of the region’s many breweries or wineries, including Fredonia Brewery, Front Porch Distillery, or Naca Valley Vineyard.

Become a Local

Immerse yourself into Texan culture with a self-guided local tour. Choose from the Diedrich Rulfs Architectural Driving Tour, Fall Foliage Trials, Self-Guided Walking Tour, or Wine, Whiskey and Brew Tours. The tours show off the best Nacogdoches has to offer, and leave you wanting to discover more hidden gems.

Plan your trip at or download the Visit Nac! app in Google Playstore and Apple App Store.

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Nacogdoches is a 300-year-old city known as “The Oldest Town in Texas.” It’s located in the heart of Deep East Texas almost equidistant between Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and Shreveport, Louisiana. 


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