The oldest town in Texas, Nacogdoches named after the Nacogdoches Tribe of the Caddo Indians, is bursting with culture and quaint old Texas charm. Begin your day at the Charles Bright Visitor Center on Main Street which is open every day from nine to five. You will not only find friendly faces proud to tell you all about their town but, a museum filled with artifacts and history. From there, you can take a walking tour which has you visit fifteen downtown shops and ten statues to learn about the towns historic past and how its founders still influence it today.
After your walk, fuel up at the first brewery in the oldest town in Texas since the 1850’s, the Fredonia Brewery. Named after the Fredonian Rebellion, this uprising signaled the beginning of the Texas Revolution. Here, you will find no shortage of craft beer on tap you can enjoy in the taproom, beer garden or patio (kids and dogs welcome). Pass the time playing one of the many games available or stop in during trivia night. Also check out the music line up on the weekends.
If that’s not enough, there are two food trucks permanently parked inside the beer garden serving up gourmet burgers, bites, and pizza. If you go for the pizza, be sure grab your token for a complementary beer of choice.
If beer isn’t your thing, then don’t leave the town without heading over to the Front Porch Distillery for a great atmosphere and some unique spirits featuring peppered vodka.
Once you’ve had your fill, take a stroll on the LaNana Creek Trail showcasing the Eyes of Father Margil, Holy Spring. From this very place in 1717, you can learn about the hope that came after a severe drought killing crops and draining the LaNana Creek dry.
Lastly, a visit to Nacogdoches is not complete without making time for the Fortney Home. This artful eclectic emporium is filled with 14 rooms and a yard of the most unique merchandize that is truly a sight to see. Wherever your travels take you, don’t let this gem of a town pass you by.
Location: Nacogdoches, TX