Founded in 1779 by Spanish settlers, Nacogdoches played an important role in early Texas history. Oak Grove Cemetery, on Lanana Street, is the final resting place of Thomas Jefferson Rusk and three other signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence, as well as other notable figures.
The town’s roots go back even further; the namesake Caddo Indian tribe the Nacogdoche are thought to have lived in the area as early as 800 A.D. Indian ceremonial and burial mounds dot the East Texas countryside, hidden beneath the guise of ordinary hills. The best example can be seen at Caddo Mounds State Historic Site near Alto.
These days, the town is often referred to by locals and visitors alike as “Nac” and is known as the home of Stephen F. Austin State University.
Special events take place throughout the year, such as the popular Nine Flags Festival (Nov. and Dec.), Texas Blueberry Festival (June) and Nacogdoches Heritage Festival (June). Other attractions range from Lake Nacogdoches and Lake Naconiche to the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden and Nac’s characteristic brand of slow-paced country living.
Visit Java Jack’s Coffee House for a locally roasted, artisan brew (don’t miss the “Red Dirt Blend”) and grab a table at Clear Springs Restaurant for the real deal when it comes to catfish and chicken-fried steak.