Activities

Downtown Nacogdoches

Those of you who like to shop will love Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas. There are many antique stores, as well as clothing stores and a host of other types of shopping experiences.

Also, the annual Blueberry Festival will be in full swing on Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, 2018. The festival is a delightful day of the America your dreamed still existed. This is the most deliious festival in the Lone Star State - a day long celebration of the annual blueberry harvest. A smorgasbord of activities will keep you entertained for hours.

The following is just a few of the activities occurring during the Blueberry Festival;

Car show
Fun contests
Blueberry body scrub making class
Blue Washerboard Contest
Bluegrass Conert (Friday)
Bounce park for the kids
Vendors of every kind
Old Towne Photography Walk
Blueberry Blues Concert (Saturday)

In addition to shopping and attending the anual Blueberry Festival, you might like to explore the following sites:

Oak Grove Cemetery Originally called "American Cemetery," Oak Grove Cemetery is located on the 1826 land grant of Empresario Haden Edwards. The leader of the 1826 Fredonian Rebellion, Edwards is interred here. The earliest marked burial on this site is that of Franklin J. Starr (d. 1837), a native of New Hartford, Connecticut and a local realtor.

Many graves from the early Spanish cemetery of Nacogdoches were relocated to this site when the county courthouse was erected on the Spanish cemetery grounds in 1912. The earliest grave from that burial ground is marked, "Father Mendoza," 1718.
Caddo Mounds State Historic Site (also known as the George C. Davis Site) is an archaeological site in Weeping Mary, Texas. This Caddoan Mississippian culture site includes a and is composed of a village and ceremonial center that features two platform mounds and one burial mound. Located on the original El Camino Real de los Tejas trail, the settlement predates European and African exploration arrival to the region. Archaeologists believe the site was founded in approximately 800, with most major construction taking place between 1100 and 1300. Caddo Mounds
Durst Taylor House and Garden The Durst-Taylor Historic House and Gardens is a circa 1835 wood-frame house and is the second oldest building in Nacogdoches. The house sits very close to the intersection of the old El Camino Real de los Tejas and La Calle de Norte and was home to many early businessmen, bankers, and political leaders including Thomas J. Rusk, Bennet Blake and William Ochiltree. This hands-on museum includes a fully functioning smokehouse, blacksmith shop and chicken coop as well as heirloom gardens and a sugarcane mill.
The Sterne-Hoya House Museum and Library is an 1830 dogtrot house built by prominent merchant and Texas Revolution leader, Adolphus Sterne. It was occupied by the Sterne family until 1869 when it was sold to the von der Hoya family. The house remained in the von der Hoya family until it was donated to the City of Nacogdoches in 1958, to be used as a library. The interior of the Sterne-Hoya Museum depicts the history of the Sterne occupancy during the Texas Revolution as well as the Victorian Period of the Hoya family. The house is furnished with period antiques, family heirlooms, a Texas history library and also has one of the earliest wine cellars in Texas. Sterne Hoya Museum and Library
Millard's Crossing Historic Village Any trip to the oldest town in Texas is not complete without a tour of Millard's Crossing Historic Village. You will be delighted to experience our award-winning guided tours, which are interactive, fun and informative. We cater our tours to the ages and interests of the visitors. We must have at least four people to do a guided tour, however, visitors always have the option of taking self-guided walking tours. Maps are available in the Visitor's Center.
Zion Hill Baptist Church, which sits on the corner of Lanana and Bois d’arc streets, was built in 1914 by famed architect Diedrich Rulfs. Zion Hill quickly became the social and religious center for members of the Zion Hill community and African American’s in Nacogdoches. The building was home to one of the oldest African American Baptist congregations in Texas. The congregation was founded in 1878 by Reverend Lawson Reed and has occupied four different buildings during its life. The Zion Hill congregation moved from this building in 1987 and except for a brief occupancy by a non-profit organization, the building has been vacant. Zion Hill is still undergoing an extensive interior restoration and is not open to the public at this time. Zion Hill Baptist Church
Lake Nacogdoches East Side Park If you are planning a trip to Lake Nacogdoches, don't forget the picnic tables, swimming area, boat ramp, restroom, barbeque pits and parking area in this three-acre park. This lake is perfect for fishing too! You can find: Largemouth bass, Crappie, and Sunfish. Due to the 16-inch maximum length limit, Nacogdoches is known for producing trophy-sized bass and has produced three fish exceeding 13 pounds.
To commemorate important individuals and their roles in the development of the state, a series of five statues were erected at various locations within the city. Each one is the work of an accomplished sculptor. The Nacogdoches Statue Trail provides visitors and townspeople alike with an understanding of some of the people and events that have played central roles in the city's history. Statue Trail

Other interesting things to do in Nacogdoches include the Ellen Trout Zoo in Lufkin, Nacogdoches Fire Museum, Nacogdoches Railroad Depot, the Fredonia Brewery, Old Nacogdoches University Building and Historic Town Center.