Nacogdoches is making headlines throughout Texas and the nation. Take a look at who we are, where we’ve been and what we’re doing.
Oldest town in Texas beckons for an off-the-beaten-path weekend getaway
Deep in East Texas, situated among the pine tree forests, lakes, and historic sites of the region, lies the charming town of Nacogdoches. Its roots go back 10,000 years — the age of the earliest settlement evidence — and it was home to the Caddo Indians until the early 19th century. Along came the Spanish missionaries in 1716, followed by the French. More flags have flown over Nacogdoches than over the state of Texas.
Today, the outer parts of the town along Highway 59 are dotted with chain restaurants and fast-food joints, like just about anywhere. But the downtown center is a little treasure, with red-brick streets lined with some of the prettiest and most well-preserved historic buildings in East Texas. Read more.
Multiple Downtown Nacogdoches merchants extending business hours to Sunday
It's an ongoing initiative that has taken several months to attract attention from customers.
More business owners in downtown Nacogdoches are choosing to open their doors on a Sunday in efforts for growth and expansion. This an initiative supported by the city as well, who said tourism traffic has increased.
Since last summer with several businesses have been keeping their doors and hours open on a Sunday, a day traditionally reserved to not be in operation. Watch video.
'Dukes of Hazzard' actor plays different role at Nacogdoches Film Festival
The Nacogdoches Film Festival hosted its special guest Friday. John Schneider is best known for his starring role in the iconic TV show, “Dukes of Hazzard.”
He participated in a panel discussion, and his input was far from the rambunctious moonshiner he portrayed in the 80's. Watch video.
With food, drink, and history, Nacogdoches offers more than beautiful spring azaleas
In early spring, Nacogdoches wears its azaleas like a princess wears her jewels: always and everywhere. It’s hard to find a corner of this small East Texas city not bedecked in plump, round blossoms of purple, pink, red, yellow, orange, and white.
But when we talk about Nacogdoches being in full bloom right now, we’re not just talking about flowers. With restaurants, shops, and attractions springing forth, new seeds of cultural vitality are sprouting in the town’s flourishing beds of history. Read more.
Nacogdoches 'On Cloud Wine' this weekend
Nacogdoches, Texas, that small town with a big funny name, is hosting a weekend of pre-Valentine’s Day fun. Called “On Cloud Wine,” the weekend containing a spirits tour will be Feb. 9-11 and consist of visiting three of the town’s libation locations.
The weekend begins with a “Wine, Whiskey and Brew Tour” hosted by the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau on Friday evening, Feb. 9, and will include Fredonia Brewery, Naca Valley Vineyard and the Front Porch Distillery for tours and tastings at each. Rumor has it that tour bus karaoke is involved. Read more.
Caddo Mounds State Historic Site Star Gazing Feb. 24
Join us for an evening of night sky stories and exploration. Douglas (Doug) Parsons, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Tyler Junior College, will lead the night sky program at Caddo Mounds SHS. Doug will set up telescopes, but you are also invited to bring your own. Experience a fire in the grass house at night (a special treat) and join Educator/Interpreter Rachel Galan to enjoy Caddo star stories around the fire. The program is free, however regular site admission rates do apply. Meet at the Pavilion at Caddo Mounds State Historic Site and it's recommended you bring drinking water, binoculars, a lawn chair or blanket, and dress for the weather. Read more.
Nacogdoches remembers Shuttle Columbia Disaster
15 years ago today East Texas became part of history when Shuttle Columbia disintegrated across the sky.
People in Nacogdoches County saw the tragedy unfold before their eyes. Soon a peaceful Saturday morning in the quiet town of Nacogdoches would be the most chaotic day anyone had ever seen. Watch video.
Festival focuses on breaking into the biz
Texas filmmakers will again be the focus of the 2018 Nacogdoches Film Festival, but coordinators say this year’s theme is “Getting Started in the Industry.”
In fact, two of the festival’s scheduled guests — actor and director John Schneider and comedienne and actor Ruth Buzzi — remain well known for the roles that gave them their big breaks. Schneider, who portrayed Bo Duke on TV’s “Dukes of Hazzard,” and Buzzi, once a purse-wielding favorite in Rowan & Martin’s “Laugh-In,” will screen their brand new film titled “One Month Out” at the festival, scheduled for Feb. 22-24. Read more.
Texas birders coming to Nacogdoches
More than 150 “birders” from all over the state will be in Nacogdoches to attend the winter meeting of the Texas Ornithological Society.
The meeting will be from Thursday through Sunday at the Fredonia Hotel and is being hosted by the Pineywoods Audubon Society. Read more.
Barn Quilts launch a proposed trail in Nacogdoches County
With all the cold weather we've been having you may have found warmth under a favorite quilt. There's another kind of quilt creating notice and it can't be found on your bed. They're barn quilts and the beginning of the Pineywoods Barn Quilt Trail in Nacogdoches County. Watch video.
Find Holiday Spirit in the Small Towns of Texas
For a holiday experience straight out of your favorite Christmas classic, escape the urban bustle and head to a small town near you. Beautifully decorated town squares serve as the center of community-wide celebrations, cultural traditions, and family activities. Nothing gets you into the spirit like ice skating under the stars, horse-drawn carriage rides, and last-minute shopping on Main Street. Read more.
Christmas Home Tour raises money to promote historic Nacogdoches
The old and the new will be shown off on Saturday at the Christmas Tour of homes in Nacogdoches.
It's the Friends of Historic Nacogdoches organization’s biggest fundraiser. The funds raised tomorrow will dictate the success of future projects. Watch video
7 of the Oldest Towns in Texas
As you travel through Texas, you can get an in-depth history lesson from your truck window. Texas historical markers are an invaluable part of any road trip. And no historical journey through the Lone Star State would be complete without a trip through some of Texas’ most historic towns. You’ve been to the Alamo, but what about Goliad’s Presidio La Bahia? Let’s hit the road (and the history books) and visit old time Texas. Read more.
SFA Percussion Studio to coordinate 'Unsilent Night' interactive event
The Percussion Studio at Stephen F. Austin State University and its director, Dr. Brad Meyer, will coordinate an interactive community performance of Phil Kline's "Unsilent Night" starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, outside the Wright Music Building at 2210 Alumni Drive.
Participants will enjoy a 45-minute walk through the picturesque SFA campus while listening to a recording of "Unsilent Night" that has been downloaded to play over a smart device connected to portable speakers or to a CD played over a boom box. Read more.
SFA School of Music to present Bach's 'Magnificat' in annual holiday concert
The choirs at Stephen F. Austin State University, along with the Festival Orchestra, will present SFA's traditional holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the university campus. Read more.
Celebrate Christmas in Texas’ oldest town, weekend packages available
'Tis the season to celebrate the holidays in Nacogdoches. A variety of events included in the annual Nine Flags Christmas Festival combined with the beautifully decorated storefronts on the downtown brick streets will have you feeling as though you stepped into yesteryear. Read more.
Demonstration classes teach new skills at Nacogdoches' Blueberry Festival
Following El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail
The Flash List, May 19, 2017
As I listened to award-winning vinter Buzz Mouton discuss the delicate intricacies of the winemaking skills he'd been perfecting since his high school days, I leaned over to my tour mate at Naca Valley Vineyard and whispered, "It's fascinating to me that people can be so incredibly knowledgeable about so many different subjects according to their own individual passions." Read more.
Top 20 Small Cities in Texas
Cities Journal, March, 2017
Besides being a real handful to spell, Nacogdoches is also the oldest city in Texas, with a population of barely over 32,000. It is also the county seat of the Nacogdoches County and one very special little city. Read more.
Major League Fishing show talent interacts with East Texas
KTRE, March 11, 2017
As the last day of the competition for the television show Major League Fishing wrapped up Saturday, show officials and hosts met with East Texas fans. Read more.
Fishing reality show wrapping up filming in Nacogdoches
KTRE, March 10, 2017
The filming of a television reality show for anglers was kept as much a secret as possible this week in Nacogdoches County. Read more.
Major League Fishing wraps week with meet-and-greet
Daily Sentinel, March 9, 2017
Major League Fishing officials have scheduled a meet-and-greet on Saturday with the 12 anglers who competed on Lake Nacogdoches and Lake Naconiche this week. Read more.
Fredonia Brewery opening date almost here
KETK, February 22, 2017
For a little over a year people driving near the intersection of Hospital and Mound Streets in Nacogdoches have noticed signs for the Fredonia Brewery. Read more.
Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau unveils redesigned website
KTRE, February 2, 2017
The Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau presented its redesigned website to Nacogdoches business people Thursday. Read more.
Nac Film Festival Triples in Size for 2017
County Line Magazine, January/February 2017
For East Texas fans of independent films, the Nacogdoches Film Festival provides good news. Read more.
Pulpwood Queens pick SFA for return
Daily Sentinel, December 26, 2016
For the third straight year, Kathy Murphy is returning to Nacogdoches to host her Girlfriends Weekend, this time at SFA. Read more.
Magazine ranks Nac among its favorites
Daily Sentinel, December 23, 2016
In the January 2017 edition of Texas Highways Magazine, writers include Nacogdoches as one of their favorite main streets. Read more.
CVB site gets revamp
Daily Sentinel, December 22, 2016
A new website for the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau was launched on Wednesday, about a year after board members began a rebranding campaign. Read more.
Oldest brick home in Nacogdoches doubles as residence and business
KTRE, December 2016
The Brick House Inn has been sitting on a hill above the oldest town in Texas for over a century. Read more.
Our Favorite Main Streets
Texas Highways Magazine, January 2017
When you sit at the bar at The Liberty Bell on the brick-paved Main Street in Nacogdoches, many things could happen. Read more.
Nacogdoches Main Street district featured in 'Texas Highways' article
Nacogdoches' historic downtown shopping district along Main Street recently got a shout out on the "Texas Highways" web page. Read more.
How the Main Street Program revitalized Nacogdoches
The scenery of Downtown Nacogdoches is like something out of a movie, thanks in part to the state's Main Street Program. Read more.
17 Trips in 2017
Texas Highways Magazine, December 2016
Texas' new (and refreshed) attractions and destinations for travelers to explore. Read more.
Whatever Happened to General Hospital's Dr. Tony?
Parade, December 2016
During the holidays we often find ourselves catching up with old friends and often wondering "Whatever happened to...?" Read more.
Celebrating the Old and New in Nacogdoches
San Antonio Magazine, December 2016
History may be the main attraction in Nacogdoches, but good food and adventure make the state's oldest town a destination for everyone. Read more.
Fredonia Hotel renovations coming along nicely
For quite a while now the historic Fredonia Hotel in downtown Nacogdoches has been under renovation. Read more.
State of Texas unveils 5 historical markers honor Nacogdoches Tricentennial
The Nacogdoches Tricentennial was celebrated in a fashion that rarely happens at any time. Read more.
Fair Breeze Cottage: Charming bed and breakfast allows guests to get away from it all while enjoying the beauty and tranquility of nature
INmagazine, September, 2016
A wall-hanging in Fair Breeze Cottage offers a "To Do List" for guests. The itinerary includes watching a sunrise, snuggling on the couch, reading a good book, taking a long nap and watching a sunset. Read more.
Eastern Texas Town You Need To Spend More Time In
Thrillist, September 2016
We're sure you've spent your fair share of time hanging in the big cities around Texas, and rightfully so. Read more.
10 Small Towns in Texas that offer nothing but peace and quiet
Only In Your State, August 2016
Close your eyes and picture the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words "small town." Read more.