Deep in the piney woods

Two days / one night

Nacogdoches City Hall
Photo courtesy of Vitamin C9000

You are taking us where??? How do you say that? Yes, this tour is to NACODGOCHES, one of the oldest towns in the State, in the middle of East Texas, deep in the piney woods. Habitation here dates back to Indian settlements hundreds of years before the first Europeans arrived. LaSalle came here in 1687 and the Spanish founded their mission in 1716. For more than a hundred years this town, named for the local Nacogdoches Indians, was the gateway to East Texas. Some of the State’s most historic landmarks are here. Here’s what your group will get to see and do:

Tour Highlights

  • The Old Stone Fort was built in 1779 as a Spanish trading post for trade with the Indians. It was the HQ for four unsuccessful attempts to establish the Republic of Texas; is the site of the first two newspapers in Texas; and is where “Three Legged Willie” Williamson held court with his pistol as the ’authority.” Definitely one of the State’s most historic and interesting buildings.
  • Millard’s Crossing – a group of 19th century buildings furnished with antiques and pioneer memorabilia.
  • Stephen F. Austin State University – one of the most attractive campuses in Texas with its hills and woods. We’ll walk around their Arboretum.
  • Scenic drives around Jacksonville, in the rolling hills and forests of East Texas, especially appealing for the fall wildflowers and colorful foliage. Yes, there are hills and trees out here like you wouldn’t believe!
  • The Sterne-Hoya Home, visited by Houston and Crockett. Where Houston was baptized a Catholic.

Tour Can Include

Campus of Stephen F. Austin University
Photo courtesy of antwanp
  • A luxury private dinner catered at the 1850’s Tol Barrett House, out in the country in the dense pine woods. This elegant meal is alone worth the trip. A Texas plantation dinner with the tour of the House after, which was built by the man who drilled the first producing oil well in Texas.
  • Lunch at the Larisa House in Jacksonville. One of the best in East Texas! In an old Victorian home.
  • One night at the Fredonia Hotel, the grand dame of East Texas, all redone, where your travelers can enjoy their lunch on the second day.
  • Shopping in all of the antique stores around the square in Nacogdoches.

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