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Texas Heritage Trails Program

San Felipe: San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site


San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site, a Texas Historical Commission property, honors the 1836 founding of Texas. Located on the Brazos River, the site is near the heart of the original township of San Felipe, the first capital of the provisional government of Texas. It was here Stephen F. Austin, the "Father of Texas," managed the affairs of his colony, which would initially bring 297 families to Texas under a contract with the Mexican government. Today, the site includes a statue of Stephen F. Austin, a replica log cabin, and the Josey Store.


Location

  • 15945 FM 1458
  • San Felipe, Texas
  • 77473

Contact

Hours & Fees

  • Site grounds are open during daylight hours. Visitors center staff are available Tuesday–Sunday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

  • Free


Map & Directions

From I-10, travel north on FM 1458 through San Felipe. The site is located on the left just past Park Road 38.


Texas in Review - Stephen F. Austin Cabin (1958)
Donor: Texas Historical Commission
Sound | 1958
Film courtesy Texas Archive of the Moving Image

This clip, originally aired as part of the January 13, 1958 episode of Texas in Review, features an historical overview of the town of San Felipe and a tour of the house. The restored log cabin, an example of a typical colonial homestead, contains bricks from the orignial structure and houses a number of period artifacts.

 

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Read more about San Felipe de Austin in the Handbook of Texas Online.