Texas November 01, 2016
The Oldest Town In Texas That Everyone Should Visit At Least Once
With as rich a history as Texas has, it makes sense that there are many old towns and settlements. Unfortunately, not all of them managed to survive into the present day. But by some stroke of luck, the very oldest town in Texas, Nacogdoches, became a thriving college town with a quaint charm you just can’t find anywhere else.
Nacogdoches dates back over 10,000 years. It began as a village of the Nacogdoche tribe of Caddo Indians.
It has been under more flags than the state of Texas itself and attracted many settlers whose descendants still reside there today from the Battle of Nacogdoches.
Walking around downtown will evoke a feeling you can't experience anywhere else as you pass antiquated buildings with character.
This is the old railroad depot that commanded the East and West Texas Railroad that shifted the town's economy to trade and commerce, greatly contributing to its existence today.
You can tour the historic Millard's Crossing village that features both log cabins and grandiose Victorian homes.
A native Nacogdoches woman, Lera Millard Thomas, created the village in an attempt to preserve the buildings and artifacts that the pioneers of the oldest town in Texas used to establish their settlement.
Nacogdoches also has plenty of opportunities to enjoy nature, like Lanana Creek Trail, where you can follow in the footsteps of Native Americans and see beautiful flora while experiencing some peace and quiet.
The town is also home to the largest Azalea garden in Texas. There are over 7,000 types of flowers here!
The eats in Nacogdoches definitely don't disappoint. Pop into Dolli's Diner after a full day of exploring and enjoy a classic Southern meal in an old-fashioned diner setting.
And finally, you can end your day by roaming the grounds of Stephen F. Austin University, watching the sun set behind the flock tower. Axe 'em, Jacks!
Have you ever visited Nacogdoches? What was your favorite thing you did there?