Texas Independence Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

San Felipe: San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site

San Felipe de Austin is the site where Stephen F. Austin established his colony in 1823 initially bringing 297 families to Texas under a contract with the Mexican government. By the time of the Texas Revolution, it ranked second only to San Antonio as a commercial center. San Felipe served as the capital of the Texas provisional government (until the capital was moved to Washington-on-the-Brazos in 1836). In March of that year, the town was burned to prevent it from falling into the hands of the advancing Mexican Army.

Today, the site includes a statue of Stephen F. Austin, a replica log cabin, and the Josey Store. The visitors center houses images, a diorama of the colonial capital circa 1830, and activity areas for weekend programs. Interpretive exhibits are provided both in the visitors center and on the grounds. 

Watch our Archaeology at San Felipe de Austin video to learn more about the history of Texas Independence.  This video was produced for inclusion in our Texas: Forged of Revolution mobile tour found in our Texas Time Travel Tours mobile app. Download the app for more videos and travel information:


  • 15945 FM 1458
  • San Felipe, Texas
  • 77473


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.