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San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site




San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site



San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site Museum





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SFA Town Hall Marker
Town Hall Marker


San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site Museum Grand Opening

San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site
Museum Grand Opening April 27, 2018!

On April 27, 2018 the Texas Historical Commission opened it's new 10,000 square-foot state-of-the-art museum at San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site.

This new museum offers visitors a chance to see unique objects on display including a desk that once belonged to Stephen F. Austin, an 1830s cast iron printing press, and many artifacts recovered during archeological investigations at the site.

Commemorating the pivotal years of Texas’ history, San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site preserves the location where Stephen F. Austin established his colony in 1823. Walk in the footsteps of the early pioneers in Texas history at what was once the social, economic, and political center, as well as the first capital of the provisional government of Texas.

Learn about the early history of San Felipe "The Cradle of Texas Liberty" at the San Felipe de Austin State Historical Site.

220 2nd Street, San Felipe, Texas

San Felipe de Austin State HIstoric Site Museum



Archeology Awareness month during October

Free admission, donations accepted.

We invite you to come and participate in our October Archeology program! Come and immerse yourself in Texas history!

Introduce the entire family to Archeology and the history of San Felipe de Austin! Archeology Tour of San Felipe de Austin SHS/Colonial, 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.
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, 9 am – 4 pm.
At the San Felipe de Austin State Historic site at 15945 FM 1458, San Felipe, Texas

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

Information: 979-885-2181

San Felipe de Austin SHS
Site grounds are open during daylight hours.

Visitors center staff are available
Tuesday through Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm

15945 FM 1458
San Felipe, TX 77473

Bryan McAuley
Shelley Wong
Sealy Chamber of Commerce


Texas Cultural Heritage Celebration

November... 2017

Rescheduled Date to be determined.
Please check back with us.

San Felipe de Austin State Historic site at 15945 FM 1458, San Felipe, Texas

“The Dream that Became Texas”

Two days of true Texas history from a Birthday Celebration for “Father of Texas” Stephen Fuller Austin to the Sesquicentennial (150 years) Anniversary of the Chisholm Trail.

Learn about Austin’s fascinating story of bringing the Old 300 to Mexican held territory to what would culminate in 1836 as the independence of the great Republic of Texas, the second greatest story ever told around the world.

The Chisholm Trail with chuck wagon meals and cutting horse demonstrations will have a colorful cast including “Camp Cookie”, “Sundown” the Trail Boss, World Champion Trick Roper “Rowdy”, the head Wrangler who is a stuntman and actor, and of course World Champion Trick Gun Twirling & Bull Whip Artist “Pistol Packin’ Paula”.

Come out for two fun-filled days of events & entertainment. Whether dancing or just listening to a group, you will surely be impressed with the musical talent.

If you have ever wanted to be a cowboy, this may be your wish come true!

Toll Free: 877-558-7245
Toll Free: 800-4-HOUSTON (800-446-8786)


Father of Texas Celebration
“Colonial Texas Heritage Day.”

San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site

The San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site presented
a Birthday Celebration for Stephen F. Austin, “The Father of Texas”.


Celebrating Stephen F. Austin’s birthday with special activities, presentations, demonstrations and reenactments.

Lots of fun and informative activities for all ages.

SFA Celebration
Father of Texas celebration 2005


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.

For more information: 979-885-2181

San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site
15945 FM 1458
(48 miles west of Houston, IH 10 exit 723)
San Felipe, Texas

Sponsored by Friends of the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site
and the THC Historic Sites Division.

Friends of SFSHS

Friends of the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site
PO Box 96
San Felipe, Texas 77473
Toll-Free: 877-558-7245



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