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Stone Fort Museum, Nacogdoches

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The Old Stone Fort Museum is located on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University, in the city and county of Nacogdoches, 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 was never a fort, in spite of its sobriquet. After more than a century serving various 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. In 1805, he sold the structure to José Luis de la Bega, and in 1806, Bega sold it to William Barr. Along with fellow merchants Peter Samuel Davenport, Luther Smith, and Edward Murphy, Barr operated the House of Barr and Davenport, an 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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  • We were surprised that the museum was open considering that the school was closed for Thanksgiving holidays. Includes two short videos. The 2 students that were working there were as helpful as they c...  more »
  • Many great items to see and learn about the early day of the making of the Republic of Texas and the routes they took to come and go through Texas  more »
  • Aprons exhibit was professional and beautifully done. It was like walking into a fair where you learn something. It was exciting, interesting, and inclusive. I came for the community collections event...  more »
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  • First-rate museum in Nacogdoches. Aprons exhibit was professional and beautifully done. It was like walking into a fair where you learn something. It was exciting, interesting, and inclusive. I came for the community collections event where they welcomed individuals to bring their family aprons and recipes for sharing and documenting. I felt that it could have been my own family history on the wall in this exhibit. A truly a enjoyable experience.
  • It agreat place to bring the kids to learn about tex history
  • This place is absolutely incredible condidering its age!
  • 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.
  • 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.
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