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“Sterne Hoya House”

Sterne Hoya House Museum
Ranked #5 of 36 things to do in Nacogdoches
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Owner description: Built circa 1830 by Adolphus Stern, a prominent leader in the fight for Texas Independence. Free Admission. Hours: Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Reviewed August 24, 2012

What did I like? You can stand in and walk upon the same wooden floor in the same room where David Crocket stayed on his way to becoming immortal. Ditto for Sam Houston. He always stayed with the Hoya family when he was in Nacogdoches as they were very good friends. Thats for starters. The docents were wonderful. You can tell when guides are excited about being there rather than just going through the motions. I am a history nut and being there I was in my element. The hairs on the back of my neck actually stood up when I realized David Crockett was walkinf on the woodern floor I was standing on. Wow

1  Thank James C
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

This wood-frame "dog trot" style home, built about 1830 by early Texas pioneer Adolphus Sterne (when it was still Repuboic of Texas, during Pre-Alamo days) . The lovingly-kept house offers a great "history lesson" for the Texas history buff, an architectural "early Victorian" for "old house addicts" like myself, and a view of how early, wealthier immigrants lived in the 1830s. Brochure says it is the oldest on-site dwelling of historic significance, since it dates pre-Texas Revolution. Both "main" rooms are actually furnished from both Sterne and Hoya family estate pieces, as well as authentic items based on the household diary. It was the city's library in the 1960s, and one room has a Texana book collection. It even has a stone wine cellar, with cornerstone dated 1845. Early visitors included Sam Houston, Gen.Thomas Rusk , and Davy Crockett. The museum docent who was there was wonderful at re-telling the home's rich history, and it was great to see the home in even better condition than when I saw it first about 30 years ago.

3  Thank LK R
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Reviewed March 5, 2012

The Sterne-Hoya Museum tour is an absolute delight . Our guide was warm, friendly and very knowledgeable . The house is beautiful maintained , and to this day provides a clear window to the past , especially of the two families.
Kudos to the people managing the museum !!
I would urge everyone visting Nacogdoches to visit this atleast once.

3  Thank Anu91
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Reviewed January 24, 2012

Amy, our tour guide, gave us loads of information about the history and the artifacts in this house. It has many original pieces of furniture and really was interesting. This is definitely a must see if you come here.

2  Thank Rodneyresident
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