5 Reasons You Should Visit the Oldest Town in Texas

Nacogdoches, Texas, is a historic, charming small town that has something to offer every visitor, from nature lovers to antique shoppers.

Mercantile in downtown NacogdochesNacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau
Mercantile in downtown Nacogdoches

1. Downtown Nacogdoches

Follow a red brick road to the heart of Nacogdoches. The downtown area is full of locally owned shops and restaurants. Shop for antiques, vintage clothing or specialty gifts. At the General Mercantile and Oldtime String Shop, take a trip back in time as you browse shelves full of antique toys and hand-carved musical instruments. Explore the Piney Woods and Rose Capital of America in East Texas.

Stone Fort MuseumThe Stone Fort Museum
Stone Fort Museum

2. Stone Fort Museum

This monument to the history of Nacogdoches sits on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University. It’s a must-stop for those wanting to truly learn what the oldest town in Texas is all about.

3. Dolli’s Diner

Stay in Nac long enough and you’re bound to see someone you know at Dolli’s, a down-home diner. From good old-fashioned pancakes to tasty burgers and fries, this family-oriented restaurant has that old-town feel with quick and friendly service.

Fortney HomeAshley Morgan
Fortney Home

4. Fortney Home

There is nowhere quite like the Fortney Home. Sit in the lap of a giant gorilla statue or marvel at tiny figurines from foreign lands lying next to BlackBerry phones. This unusual store is truly a collector’s dream, and it will be a fun spot for anyone who’s looking for a shoe-shaped coat rack. If you love to travel across America, don’t miss the 30 best small towns for fall foliage.

Mast ArboretumRoberta Smith
Arboretum Bridge Azalea Gardens

5. Mast Arboretum

The Mast Arboretum is a lovely detour after visiting the Stone Fort Museum. You’ll marvel at stunning landscapes created to adapt new species to the Texas environment and towering statues erected biennially in a national sculptors’ competition called Sculpture for All. If you love flowers, check out the most beautiful gardens in America.