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Address: 515 N. Mound, Nacogdoches, TX 75961
Phone Number: 936-564-7351
Description: 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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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The Woodlands, Texas
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The Woodlands, Texas
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115 reviews 115 reviews
56 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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Shamrock, Texas
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38 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Nacogdoches, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We love Old University Building. You can tour the building on Saturday's. We love to have wedding showers, weddings, etc. The ladies are great to work with.

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Jax, FL
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114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Built in the 1850's, in a Greek Temple design, it is referred to as " the mother of education in Texas." Local residents underwrote the expenses in building it. In 1904 it was deeded to the Nacogdoches school district. In the 1960's it became the charge of the local woman's clubs. There are period furnishings and special affects from earlier... More 

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Houston, Texas
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

It takes you back! I love visiting historic sites! The school bell wad built by the same people that made the liberty bell! Cool place to visit and Caroline was awesome! Be sure to donate!

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Huffman, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

The two ladies conducting this tour were very hospitable. We felt like we were visiting the home of a very dear friend. Very interesting information about the history of the building added much enjoyment to the last guided tour of our visit.

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Arlington, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Docents greeted me warmly when I entered to ask about having a wedding/reception there. The women were eating and in a meeting, but they were so kind and gave me all info I needed. Place is beautifully restored.

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Nacogdoches, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

It is evident that in 1859 when Nacogdoches University was built, east Texans cared very much about education and building for the future. The Old University Building also shows how much the women of a town can do to preserve history when they set their minds to it!

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