San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site

New Museum in San Felipe Shares the Story of Early Texas

A statue depicting early Texas settlers stands in front of the Stephen F. Austin State Historic Site Museum (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter At one time, before cities such as Austin, Dallas, or Houston even existed, San Felipe was the second-largest town in Texas, after San Antonio. The town itself, the site of which was just north of Interstate 10 between Brookshire and Sealy, was burned during the Texas Revolution of 1836 and never recovered. On Friday, a new, 10,000-square foot interpretative museum was dedicated at the Stephen F. Austin State Historic Site tells the […]

Volunteers Sought for New Museum at San Felipe de Austin

The new Stephen F. Austin State Historic Site Museum opens Aprl 27. (Texas Historical Commission photo)

By George Slaughter SAN FELIPE—Volunteers are being sought for a new museum that’s both within easy driving distance from Katy and is at one of the state’s most significant historical sites. The new museum, at the Stephen F. Austin State Historic Site in San Felipe, opens on Friday, April 27. San Felipe de Austin was the headquarters town of Stephen F. Austin’s Colony in Mexican Texas. He ran his land office at the townsite, assisting […]

Capital Campaign Kick Off And Plans Announced For New Museum At San Felipe De Austin State Historic Site

Texas Historical Commission (THC) Executive Director Mark Wolfe, Friends of the THC Chairwoman Lareatha Clay, Texas House District 13 Representative Leighton Schubert, THC Commission Chairman John Nau, III, Texas District 18 Senator Lois Kolkhorst, long-time local supporter and former President of the Friends of the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site (SHS) Florence Sims, and current Friends of the San Felipe de Austin SHS Carolyn Bilski, surrounded by 4th grade students from Stephen F. Austin Elementary School, Richmond.

San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site, a Texas Historical Commission (THC) property, held a ceremonial groundbreaking and capital campaign kick-off Thursday, October 20, by announcing plans for a new museum and visitor amenities at the site. “San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site, a colony founded by Stephen F. Austin in 1823, played a pivotal role in events leading up to the Texas Revolution. This dramatic story is not nearly as well known or understood as others […]