San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site

San Jacinto Monument and the reflection pool Reenactors dressed up as Mexican soldiers An aerial view of the San Jacinto Monument A mother, grandmother and two children look out a telescope A man stands in a room looking at paintings on the wall Stone tablets set into a stone wall A family walking down a wooden boardwalk in a marsh A cannon being fired. Two men in historic outfits stand near the cannon. A plume of fire is coming out the end of the cannon.

3523 Independence Parkway South
La Porte, TX 77571


On a chilly April afternoon in 1836, this strip of coastal prairie rang with the boom of cannon, crack of musket fire and shouts of “Remember the Alamo!” and “Remember Goliad!” Despite being outnumbered, General Sam Houston’s army of settlers, Tejanos and foreign volunteers decisively defeated General Antonio López de Santa Anna’s forces and won Texas’s independence. Today, the 1,300-acre site, San Jacinto Museum and the 567-foot tall San Jacinto Monument celebrate their sacrifice and victory.

Upcoming Events

September 30

A Yellow Rose in Texas

The song “The Yellow Rose of Texas” is familiar to many Texans, but the story of Emily West, the women behind the lyrics, is far less known. Emily West was a free Black woman who arrived in Texas in 1835 to work as an indentured servant at the...

September 30

History Under the Star: The Yellow Rose of Texas – The Song, Emily West and the Great Texas Myth

“There's a yellow rose in Texas that I am gonna see, Nobody else could miss her, not half as much as me.” The lyrics of “The Yellow Rose of Texas” are familiar to any Texan, but the true story behind the song is lost in myth and legend.  Learn...

October 1

Battleground Van Tours

Do you know where General Santa Anna set up his camp during the Battle of San Jacinto or where General Houston was shot? How about where the Surrender Tree was located? Discover the San Jacinto Battleground like you've never seen it before on a...

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