Commemorating the location where, in 1823, Stephen F. Austin established a headquarters for his colony in Mexican Texas, San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site and new museum share the stories of early settlers in this region. Today, visitors can walk in the footsteps of these early pioneers at what was the social, economic, and political center of American immigration to Texas before independence. San Felipe de Austin didn't survive the war for Texas independence -- it was burned by its own residents as they evacuated during the Runaway Scrape of 1836.
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by Bryan McAuley, Site Manager, San Felipe de Austin and Fannin Battleground State Historic Sites
As we begin to reopen our Texas Historical Commission State Historic Sites, we reflect on some of the fun, educational activities we developed while everyone was self-isolating.
Many historic sites and museums quickly pivoted to an online, distance-learning model during...
The battlefield of San Jacinto is the site of the final, shocking, and decisive conflict of the Texas Revolution that took place on April 21, 1836. Gen. Sam Houston and his army of about 1,000 Texian soldiers routed Gen. Santa Anna’s 1,400-man army—in just 18 minutes.
Screened by trees and rising ground, Houston's men formed with Edward Burleson's regiment at center, Sidney Sherman's...
By Danielle Brissette, Collections Manager, San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site
For most Texans, the end of the Texas Revolution is a relatively simple story. Even our own museum implies that once the Battle of San Jacinto was won, Texas’ victory was completely secured. The truth is, it just wasn’t that simple.
Two entire Mexican armies, over 2,500 soldados strong...