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San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site
Archeology Awareness month during October

We invite you to participate in our October Archeology program! Immerse yourself in Texas history! Introduce the entire family to Archeology and the history of San Felipe de Austin with an Archeology Tour of San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site...the Colonial Capital of Texas.

On January 1, 1840, Joseph Urban wrote a reimbursement request to the Republic of Texas Government. He listed his dwelling with a cellar, the bake house and kitchen and “The Courthouse” in which the Consultation and General Council met. Learn more about all of the interesting beginnings of colonial Texas.

Archeological Investigations/Hands-on Archeology
Throughout the month of October, come to San Felipe de Austin state historic site and learn more about how the use of archeology will help shape future site development plans. Hands-on activities related to archeology throughout the day on Saturdays & Sundays, 9am–4pm.

Sponsored by Texas Historical Commission and San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site.

San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site
220 2nd Street, San Felipe, Texas 77473
(48 miles west of Houston, IH 10 exit 723)

Open Wednesday through Sunday, 9am to 5pm
Site grounds are open during daylight hours.

Site 979-885-2181
Bryan McAuley, Site Manager
Jordan Anderson, Assistant Site Manager

The San Felipe de Austin SHS is managed by the Texas Historical Commission. Learn more information about the state historic site at

SFA Father of Texas Day 2020

Father of Texas Day 2021
228th Anniversary of Stephen F. Austin’s Birth!

Saturday, November 13, 2021 TENTATIVE
(usually the Second Saturday of the Month)

The Town of San Felipe, its citizens, and the members of the Friends of San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site have been celebrating the birthday of Stephen F. Austin for over 90 years – through the Great Depression, and World War II, and on through the present year.

This is a special history event to commemorate the stories of Stephen F. Austin and his settlers, the event will offer themed programming related to historical events that occurred around Austin’s birthday in the years 1821-1836.

As the headquarters of Stephen F. Austin’s Colony in Mexican Texas, the historic town of San Felipe de Austin played a pivotal role in the arrival of American settlers and the ultimate story of independence. Serving as a political, economic and social crossroads in early Texas, San Felipe de Austin and its residents have deep connections to the events that took place at all of the prominent Texas Revolution sites including the Alamo.

Hosted by San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site and Texas Historical Commission.

  Stephen F. Austin


Colonial Texas Heritage Day has its origins in honoring Stephen F. Austin’s November 3rd birthday. San Felipe was the home of Stephen F. Austin, the “Father of Texas,” during all his life in Texas, except the last few months after his home burned, and

Conventions of 1832 and 1833 and the consultation of 1835 were held at San Felipe as a prelude to the Texas Declaration of Independence, and

The colonists realized a confrontation with the Mexican Government was inevitable, it was clear to them that lines of communication would have to be kept open with the colonists. As a result, the Texas Postal System was established in San Felipe in 1835, and San Felipe was the Colonial Capital of Texas and was the Social, Economic, and political hub until 1836, and

During the Texas Revolution, William B. Travis, a San Felipe Lawyer, and his men, left for the Alamo and whereas, Travis’ immortal message of “Victory or Death” was sent to San Felipe “by Express night & day,” and

A company of men led by Moseley Baker, with the San Felipe Flag, handmade by the women of the settlement, defended the river crossing after the town was burned on March 29, 1836 to slow the advance of the Mexican Army, and

The “ranging” companies that would eventually be known as Texas Rangers began at San Felipe; and whereas, the Texas Declaration of Independence was published by the Telegraph and Texas Register in 1836 in San Felipe and later signed at Washington-on-the-Brazos.


Private Event Rental

Have Your Event Hosted at San Felipe de Austin SHS

Interested in putting a new spin on the same old party or get-together?
Give the museum a call and let us do the hosting for you!

Since the 1820’s, San Felipe de Austin has been home to countless festive parties & celebrations. Noah Smithwick, and early settler in San Felipe de Austin, recalls “some sang, some told stories and some danced.”  We’re proud to still offer guests the chance to do all of these and more for any occasion you might want to celebrate.

The site is available during the workday for an office or business party,
or after hours for all of your friends & family.

Our entire space is flexible to suit your specific needs.
The Plaza will seat 100 plus, depending on how it is being utilized. 
The Old Three Hundred Learning Hall can seat approximately 50.
There's plenty of room indoors & out for visitors to roam and mingle.

We can facilitate bands, bars, photographers, caterers, security and other amenities as desired. We have a catering kitchen and have access to all sorts of equipment and are experienced with many different scenarios in our venue. Plus you will most likely find us far less expensive than surrounding venues.

If needed, we can also partner with the Historic Methodist Church, which is easily within walking distance.

To learn more about how we can help make your next event an historic success,
contact Toni Franklin at the Museum at 979-885-2181 ext.3
or email

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