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Old University Building

Address: 515 N. Mound, Nacogdoches, TX 75961
Phone Number: 936-564-7351
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Ranked #6 of 16 Attractions in Nacogdoches
Type: History Museums, Landmarks
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Owner description: 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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Nacogdoches, Texas
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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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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25 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
3 helpful votes 3 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
4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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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