Texas Independence Trail Region

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

Surfside Beach: Velasco-Surfside Beach Village Hall

Illustration of Fort Velasco
Illustration of Fort Velasco

Many important landings happened in this harbor that shaped the course of Texas history: from Stephen F. Austin and the first ship of American settlers, to the arrival of the “Twin Sisters” – the famous cannons that came ashore here and helped win the Battle of San Jacinto.

The Surfside Historical Museum is located on the top floor of the Surfside Beach Village Hall. Visitors can explore a substantial collection of Independence era replicas and artifacts, including period clothing, weapons, and nautical equipment. A monument outside commemorates the Battle of Velasco in June 1832, one of the first outbreaks of violence between Texian colonists and the Mexican Army. 

Watch our The Fire of Revolution 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:


  • 1304 Monument Dr.
  • Surfside Beach, Texas
  • 77541


Hours & Fees

  • Monday - Friday, 8 a.m - 5 p.m.

  • Free