The Texas Historical Commission preserves and operates 21 state historic sites across Texas. We have recently welcomed Mission Dolores in San Augustine, Texas. These unique places honor the past and inspire an understanding of what it means to be a Texan. From American Indian sites to frontier forts to common and elegant homes and the leaders and statesmen who lived in them, these sites enrich people’s lives through history. Please visit and enjoy them!

Acton

Towering over Acton Cemetery, a statue of Elizabeth Crockett marks the burial site of folk hero Davy Crockett's second wife, who died in 1860. 

Caddo Mounds

More than 1,200 years ago, a group of Caddo Hasinai Indians built a village and ceremonial center here. Today, three earthen mounds still rise from the lush Piney Woods landscape.

Casa Navarro

Explore the life of one of early Texas’ most influential leaders, José Antonio Navarro, through interactive exhibits in his restored 19th-century home.

Confederate Reunion Grounds

On the banks of the Navasota River, Civil War veterans met for reunions from 1889–1946. The site remains a gathering place for history events, recreation, and family reunions.

Eisenhower Birthplace

The modest white frame house at this site is where the 34th U.S. president and WWII commander, Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower, was born in 1890.

Fannin Battleground

This site memorializes the brave soldiers who fought and lost the Battle of Coleto Creek here in 1836 during the Texas War for Independence. 

Fort Griffin

Serving as one in a line of western defensive forts from 1867 to 1881, remnants of Fort Griffin remain today. The site is also home to the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd.

Fort Lancaster

This site preserves the remnants of one of four U.S. Army posts established in 1855 to protect the overland route between San Antonio and El Paso.

Fort McKavett

This 150-year-old West Texas fort stands atop a remote hill in Menard County. It is one of the best-preserved examples of a Texas Indian Wars (1850–75) military post. 

Fulton Mansion

Rising above the Aransas Bay and surrounded by stately live oaks, Fulton Mansion State Historic Site is located in the resort area of Rockport-Fulton.

Landmark Inn

This 1850s inn, store, and mill in Castroville tells the story of Alsatian settlement and early commerce in Texas. A bed-and-breakfast provides overnight lodging.

Levi Jordan Plantation

Significant to the antebellum period of Texas and the tumultuous era of Reconstruction, this site hosted a sizable plantation operation and two-story Greek Revival-style house.

Magoffin Home

This 1875 adobe home explores the stories of a multicultural family who influenced the early development of the Southwest borderlands.

Mission Dolores

This Spanish mission tells the important history about the Native American experience with Texas’ earliest European settlers. 

National Museum of the Pacific War

The only institution in the continental U.S. dedicated to telling the story of the Pacific Theater in World War II. The six-acre campus includes exhibits and memorial areas.

Sabine Pass Battleground

A significant Civil War battlefield, this site honors the Confederate soldiers that defeated four Union gunboats and prevented forces from penetrating the Texas interior in 1863.

Sam Bell Maxey

Built in the High Victorian Italianate style, this 1868 home was the family residence of Sam Bell Maxey, a Mexican War veteran, Confederate general, and two-term U.S. senator.

Sam Rayburn House

One of the most influential politicians in the 20th century, Sam Rayburn's 1916 home is preserved with original furnishings and memorabilia.

San Felipe de Austin

This site preserves the location where Stephen F. Austin established his colony in 1823, the first Anglo-American settlement and provisional capital of Texas.

Starr Family Home

This site is composed of several elegant structures as well as period furnishings, clothing, and antiques that map the 150-year history of the Starr family in Texas.

Varner-Hogg Plantation

This site tells the story of its three owners: Austin colonist Martin Varner, sugarcane mogul Columbus Patton, and Texas Gov. James S. Hogg.