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Stone Fort Museum, Nacogdoches

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The Old Stone Fort Museum is located on the grounds of Stephen F. Austin State University, in the city and county of Nacogdoches, in the U.S. state of Texas. It is a 1936 replica of a structure that had been erected circa 1779 by Nacogdoches militia commander Antonio Gil Y'Barbo. The original building never was a fort, in spite of its sobriquet. After more than a century serving varied purposes, the original structure was demolished. The replica was erected with help from the local Cum Concilio civic organization and funding from the New Deal economic program of the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration. The museum is open to visitors and provides historic exhibits on the grounds of the university.Origins and historyThe original Old Stone Fort was built of native iron ore circa 1779 as a mercantile house by Antonio Gil Y'Barbo. Because of its iron-brick construction, it was referred to as the Stone House. He sold the structure in 1805 to José Luis de la Bega. In 1806, Bega sold it to William Barr. Along with fellow merchants Peter Samuel Davenport, Luther Smith, and Edward Murphy, Barr operated the Natchitoches, Louisiana-based House of Barr and Davenport import-export business catering to the indigenous tribes of the area. Davenport established his headquarters as the Nacogdoches agent for the firm in the Old Stone Fort. Davenport outlived his partners—Smith died in 1807, Murphy in 1808, and Barr in 1810—leaving Davenport as the sole proprietor. During the next several years, the structure also served as various government facilities.
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  • June 18, 2017
    This is a beautiful building situated in the heart of Stephen F Austin University campus. It is not original nor is it in the original location. It was still a nice stop to see the house from outside ...  more »
  • April 10, 2017
    Great place to visit and hosted by students. They were engaging and answered all our questions with enthusiasm.  more »
  • February 15, 2017
    This site is actually on the SFA university campus, and doesn't look like a fort, but served as one. Lots of nice relics of the time period about the Texas Revolution, showing how the people lived, fo...  more »
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  • September 18, 2016
    Well maintained and friendly staff. It's a self guided tour, but there are plenty of staff members to answer questions if you have any.
  • July 30, 2016
    Davey CROCKETT KING OF THE WILD FRONTIER!
  • July 9, 2013
    I made up my mind to visit this place when I found information that here was an exhibition dedicated to Dr. Crocket. I had the chance to learn new things about his life. The exhibition presented a different point of view towards his works. Well done. I will probably visit again in order to see whether I will be equally impressed by the presentation of a topic I am not so interested in.
  • July 27, 2011
    The google location is incorrect. The actual location is on the corner of Griffith and Clark.
  • July 31, 2011
    This is real Texas history! Building was saved from demolishment and relocated to the SFA campus in the 1930's, I think. Well worth a visit when you're in Nac.

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