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Bone Fork








SFA Town Hall Marker
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Texas Independence Day in March

History Fair for area fourth grade students.

The Friends of San Felipe de Austin SHS called upon local supporters to join them by volunteering to help at the site the day.

Volunteers assisted with program stations for all the kids or with logistics like transportation, hospitality for event participants and more.

The event ran from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the 2nd and programs will period music, living history and historical demonstrations, hands-on activities, foodways programs and more. Of note, a team of living historians on horseback will recreate the arrival of William Travis’ “Victory or Death” letter from the Alamo. Students will have a fun-filled day of Texas history at the site.

  Printing School Demonstration

Contact the historic site directly at 979.885.2181 or by emailing Site Manager Bryan McAuley at



The San Felipe de Austin SHS is managed by the Texas Historical Commission.
For more information, go to

Sponsored by Friends of the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site

Friends of SFSHS



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



Father of Texas Celebration
“Colonial Texas Heritage Day.”
November 2017

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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