Commemorating the location where, in 1823, Stephen F. Austin established a headquarters for his colony in Mexican Texas, San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site and museum share the stories of early settlers in this region. Today, visitors can walk in the footsteps of these early pioneers at what was the social, economic, and political center of American immigration to Texas before independence. San Felipe de Austin didn't survive the war for Texas independence—it was burned by its own residents as they evacuated during the Runaway Scrape of 1836.

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220 2nd St. (Mailing: P.O. Box 17) 
San Felipe, TX 77473 
Contact us
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Wednesday to Sunday 
9 a.m.–5 p.m. 

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Adult $10
Senior/Veteran/Teacher/First Responder $8
Child (6-17) $5
Child (5 and under) Free
Family (2 adults & 1 child) $22, each additional child $1

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Public Tours  
Special Events  
School Programs  

Visitor watching a cooking demonstration at San Felipe de Austin

Plan Your Visit

Our state-of-the-art museum has many exhibits such as a field desk that belonged to Stephen F. Austin, an 1830s printing press, and many artifacts recovered during archeological excavations.

Canon being fired at San Felipe de Austin

San Felipe de Austin History

San Felipe de Austin was founded in 1823 by Stephen F. Austin as the capital of his colony.

Reenactor demonstrating school activities at San Felipe de Austin

School Tours

Our site provides several customized guided tours for adults, schools, and homeschool groups.

Visitors outside the hotel at Villa de Austin at San Felipe de Austin

Group Tours

We provide guided tours for groups of 10 or more adults by advanced registration during our normal operating hours.

Map plaza at San Felipe de Austin

Private Event Rentals

We can host events ranging from birthday parties to family reunions, to weddings and more.

Events at San Felipe de Austin

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Tavern Games in the Villa

Various tavern games will be spread throughout the villa for everyone to try their hand at gambling 1830s style

Photo of bluebonnets in bloom in front of the Farmer's Hotel building at San Felipe de Austin

San Felipe Nature Walk in the Footsteps of Stephen F. Austin

Please join us at 1pm on Sunday, April 28th for a Nature Walk with our friends at the Gideon Lincecum Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists!

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A Day with the Press

It is time for another Day with the Press! Come out on May 4, from 10 am to 4 pm and learn about the print shop at San Felipe de Austin. Why was the press an important tool for the colony? How did Stephen F. Austin utilize the press to his advantage?

San Felipe de Austin in the Blog

The Descendants of Austin's Old 300

The Descendants of Austin's Old 300 held its first meeting on June 27, 1987 at the Stephen F. Austin State Park in San Felipe, underneath the oak tree where the bench now sits. Their main objective was, and still is, to inspire current and succeeding generations to preserve memories of the spirit, courage, and character of the men and women who came to Texas as part of Stephen F. Austin's first colony. This is the reason the organization has donated the benches at San Felipe de Austin and at Freedom Park in West Columbia.

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