Welcome back class! I hope you brought your notebooks and your sharpened number 2 pencils to class today! Because it’s TEXAS HISTORY TIME!
Did I just hear someone groan?
Uh… there is NO groaning in this class! One more groan and I’ll write your name on the board and hold the entire class out of recess!
The last time we had a class together I showed you some of the historic homes in the oldest town in Texas. TODAY, I’m going to show you some of the OLDEST historic homes that you can visit the next time you find yourself in the oldest town in Texas.
You know, cause that probably happens a lot.
You just randomly show up in the middle of the oldest town in Texas on occasion, right?
I mean, who doesn’t?
Anyway! These are places you MUST stop by in the oldest town in Texas, so get your pencil ready and take notes!
You simply MUST visit the Sterne Hoya House:
“Believed to be the oldest frame house of major historical significance still standing on its original site in Texas, the Sterne house is now a museum and library displaying documents and relics of this period.”
(At one point this house served as the Nacogdoches Public Library!)
|These doors wouldn’t have originally been there. Instead there would have been an open “dogtrot.”|
|They actually had a wine cellar!|
|My kids checking out the “old” card catalog.|
Another place you MUST visit is the Durst-Taylor House:
The Durst-Taylor House has the distinction of being “the earliest known extant structure in Nacogdoches that remains on its original location.”
I LOVED this simple house, complete with a “stranger room” for taking in travelers before hotels were in town.
Now, if you’re looking to stay in Nacogdoches and you want a true getaway tucked back in the Piney Woods of East Texas…
…look no further than the incredible Bed and Breakfasts’ in the historic homes on the Llano Grande Plantation.
The Tol Barret House is incredible! My dad and I literally oo’d and ah’d over this historic place.
The Tol Barrett House is the home of L.T. Barret, the man who drilled the first Oil Well in Texas and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Not just the Texas Register, people, we’re talking NATIONAL… and you can stay in it!
This home was TRULY incredible. The history buff in me was in history buff hog heaven.
And also at Llano Grande Plantation… Rosewild.
“The white-columned plantation home of Victor Jefferson Simpson whose family settled in Nacogdoches in 1827. V.J. Simpson built this architecturally impressive edifice for his bride in 1855.”
It was another oo and ah’er that you can stay in folks.
Now, back to historic places you can visit without a reservation to stay in.
Don’t you dare visit Nacogdoches and NOT stop by Miller’s Crossing.
|Photo Credit: pictures-of-historic-nacogdoches.com|
“Millard’s Crossing is a collection of 19th century buildings that were brought together and arranged in the pattern of a small village. All of the restored structures come from Nacogdoches County and are an effort to preserve and display early buildings, antiques, tools, and memorabilia that are part of the cultural heritage of Texas.”
I have some very vivid memories of school field trips to Millard’s Crossing!
And that, class, concludes our lesson on the oldest historic homes and in Nacogdoches.
You may now go to recess!
Disclosure: Just bragging on my hometown again. No compensation was given for the writing of this blog post, capeesh?
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