Monday, July 03, 2023

Stephen F Austin State Park and San Felipe de Austin Historic Site

Statue at San Felipe de Austin Historic Site

I arrived at the state park and got my site set up with plenty of time to go visit the nearby San Felipe de Austin Historic site.  The site, and museum, is a short distance from the entrance to the State Park .  The community was around prior to the war for Texas Independence, and this site brings that history to life.

Celias Kitchen
Celia’s Kitchen
Court House
Court House
Printing Press

Something that really stood out to me at the time I visited was that none of the artifacts seem to be nailed down or glued in place.  The way it is set up encourages visitors to touch, or even pick up and hold, the items on display.  The only exception to this was the building for the old newspaper with a working printing press.  This room was roped off, however there was a volunteer who worked there to explain how everything worked and even had a couple of examples of things that were printed there.


From here I headed back to the campground to make some dinner and plan my hike for the next morning.  I woke up the next day to more rain – at this point I was beginning to think that the rain was going to follow me all the way  across the country on this trip.  By afternoon though, the rain had stopped so I headed out to explore the hiking trails… and I was quickly chased off the trails by thick swarms of mosquitoes.  Unfortunately, the bug spray in my backpack was empty, so I had no choice but to abandon my hiking plans for the day.  I picked up a new can at my first grocery run, but as it turned out, I didn’t need it at any other spot.

This campground was nice – paved and level spots with a large cleared area with a picnic table.  The only downside was that the internet was very spotty.  I was getting between 0 and 1 bars with T-Mobile.

20230506_151854 20230506_152420 Emmigrants House-1
Farmers Hotel Emmigrants House-2 Printing Office

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