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 museum exhibiting objects such as a field desk that belonged to Stephen F. Austin, an 1830s printing press, and many artifacts recovered during archeological excavations. In addition, custom murals and a variety of multimedia interactives help visitors learn more about the town’s history. Weekend programming often includes guest speakers/authors, hands-on programming for children and families and other interactive experiences. The historic site also includes memorial features such as a bronze statue of Stephen F. Austin, a commemorative obelisk, and a replica log cabin. There are also interpretive panels throughout the grounds to share stories of the townsite.
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: