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Address: 515 N. Mound, Nacogdoches, TX 75961
Phone Number: 936-564-7351
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It is the only original building of a university chartered by the Republic...

It is the only original building of a university chartered by the Republic of Texas still standing and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been in continuous use for school purposes except for two years during and after the Civil War. The building was then used as a hospital and quarters for Confederate soldiers. Now it is a museum and contains period furnishings and artifacts from its earlier days.

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Wonderfully Historic!

Fascinating place. The docents are very informative and friendly. Must visit if in the area. They did a fantastic play about the building's history which was well done. Lots of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 27, 2015
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Bonnerdale
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Bonnerdale
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Fascinating place. The docents are very informative and friendly. Must visit if in the area. They did a fantastic play about the building's history which was well done. Lots of interesting displays. The building was even a temporary hospital during the civil war.

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Thank Sharon C
Santo, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We were amazed at such advanced architecture for an early Texas setting. Large gothic columns greet you at the front door to introduce the original (magnificently crafted) winding staircase. As a builder and historian, I quickly noticed how restoration methods were impeccable by their use of original construction materials and painstaking methods to seamlessly blend them together with the old... More 

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Thank Randall S
Nacogdoches, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

The displays in each room tell stories from multiple time periods, and really give you a feel for what life was like for those who lived there. This is great for kids 8 and up. There is even a schoolroom area.

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Thank Anothernickel
Holtsville, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Historical building with placards explaining the history of the building as well as the local area of Nacogdoches.

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Thank Susaneac
Webster, Texas
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111 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

If you're a history person or an SFA student, you should visit this place. It won't take long to stop in but it's very cool and informational on the inside.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

It is small, but the building is interesting. There is an eclectic set of artifacts. Examples that caught my eye were a photograph of 1923 Rotary Club function honoring 17 Confederate veterans (not PC this week!), and a photograph of an ad for a Studebaker Six offered by a dealer named Roland Jones, who I assume is the same Roland... More 

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Thank cgny1fwd
Nacogdoches, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Good place to spend an hour or two of time learning about local history. They have some great docents that can tell you all sorts of stories about the items and people in the area. First floor used for receptions and parties and is well-restored. Second floor is partially setup as an old schoolroom still. Kids liked to see how... More 

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Thank TravelTexan1
The Woodlands, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We visited on a saturday. I'm so glad it was open. Lovely place, full of history. A nice lady gave us an awesome tour and told us a lot about the history of the place. Very inspiring.

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Thank AmeenaS
Shamrock, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We went through here on a Saturday and had the lovely lady guide and the building all to ourselves. It is rich in history and the lady knew just about everything one could want to know. The staircase is one of only a few "floating staircases" in Texas. The downstairs is nicely restored and used for weddings, etc. The upstairs... More 

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Nacogdoches, Texas
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79 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This place is packed full of amazing history! It exhibits more than historical artifacts but knowing this is where it all happened makes you feel the effects of what Texas History is all about.

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