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Stone Fort Museum, Nacogdoches

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4/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web
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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  • Legend has it if you are a student as SFA and you enter this museum you won't graduate, so I never entered the museum because when ever I was in Nac, I was visiting my girls and did not want to go in ...  read more »
  • We stopped by to tour while attending a concert for our son's band camp. Neat fort and very nice tour guide. 
  • Worth spending a little time less than an hour; some old guns, knives and sabers on display. Plus some history on the Camino Real trial. This is a trial the early settlers of Texas used to travel sout...  read more »
  • 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.
  • The google location is incorrect. The actual location is on the corner of Griffith and Clark.
  • 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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