The Texas Historical Commission preserves and operates 34 state historic sites across Texas. These unique places honor Texas history 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.
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.
The Washington area was the site of the final home of Anson Jones, the last president of the Republic of Texas.
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.
Explore the life of one of early Texas’ most influential leaders, José Antonio Navarro, through interactive exhibits in his restored 19th-century home.
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.
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.
This site memorializes the brave soldiers who fought and lost the Battle of Coleto Creek here in 1836 during the Texas War for Independence.
This site is a historic hotel built in 1834 and owned by Henry Fanthorp, postmaster by the Provisional Texas Government.
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.
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.
The French Legation was constructed between 1840-1841 as a private home for French chargé d’affaires to the Republic of Texas.
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.
In 1887, Charles Goodnight established the Goodnight-Thayer Cattle Company in present Armstrong County and built a spacious Victorian-style two-story ranch house.
On this site, Heinrich Kreische built his home and in the 1860s one of the earliest commercial breweries in Texas.
Established in 1849 as a roadside tavern, store, hotel, residences, and mill, Landmark Inn tells the story of migration, industry, and preservation in Texas.
This site is significant to the antebellum period of slavery in Texas and for understanding the plantation economy and culture it supported.
Named after the Lipan Apaches that camped nearby, this site played a role in Texas Independence. The site has no interpretation (other than the marker) and no services for visitors.
This 1875 adobe home explores the stories of a multicultural family who influenced the early development of the Southwest borderlands.
This Spanish mission tells the important history about the Native American experience with Texas’ earliest European settlers.
This site memorializes Texans killed in the Dawson Massacre and the Black Bean Episode (death lottery) of 1843.
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.
The Old Socorro Mission site is a Franciscan mission founded in 1682 to serve Spanish families and Native American communities displaced from New Mexico during the Pueblo Revolt.
This site was the location of The Battle of Palmito Ranch: the final land battle of the American Civil War.
The last Texas lighthouse that is open to the public, this historic structure was built in 1852 and remained lit until the early 1900s.
The site tells the story of a brief but decisive Confederate victory that prevented Union forces from penetrating the Texas interior in 1863.
Built during the height of Reconstruction, this 1868 home tells the story of the Maxey family as they lived in a changing nation from Reconstruction Era Texas through the First World War.
One of the most influential politicians in the 20th century, Sam Rayburn's 1916 home is preserved with original furnishings and memorabilia.
This site preserves the location where Stephen F. Austin established his colony in 1823, the first Anglo-American settlement and provisional capital of Texas.
The decisive Battle of San Jacinto resulted in Texas’ independence from Mexico in 1836. This 1,200-acre park includes the San Jacinto Monument and the San Jacinto Museum of History.
This star-shaped museum commemorates the site of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence and the last capital of the Republic of Texas.
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.
This site tells the stories of multiple families, both free and enslaved, who lived, worked and built community here for over 130 years.
Known as "the birthplace of Texas," it was on this site that on March 1, 1836, Texas delegates met to formally announce Texas' intention to separate from Mexico.