San Felipe, Texas —
The Texas Historical Commission (THC) and the Friends of San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site are excited to welcome guests to the ceremonial opening of a new permanent exhibit, Villa de Austin, an evocation of the frontier community originally established by Stephen F. Austin.
This is FREE ADMISSION for everyone.
For photos and video of the site and exhibit, click here.
Villa de Austin Townsite Grand Opening
What: Explore the early frontier by exploring through period buildings, including the Texas Gazette print office, the Farmer’s Hotel and the San Felipe de Austin Courthouse. This event will feature living historians, archeology, and demonstrations of life and activities that occurred in the San Felipe de Austin almost 200 years ago.
When: Saturday and Sunday, November 13 - 14 at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 220 2nd Street, San Felipe, Texas 77473
Media wishing to interview event participants or arrange for access to the site before/after can contact Bailey Curwick at (512) 756-3790.
About San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site
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 new 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.
The Villa de Austin is an outdoor exhibit at the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site that evokes the look and feel of the town in the early 1830s. Built by craftsmen in the tradition of America’s great outdoor museums, the Villa offers a unique and captivating glimpse into life on the Texas frontier during the era of American settlement in Mexican Texas.