Historic San Felipe de Austin

To the northeast of Sealy, along the Mill creek, stood Cummings Mill, the first water powered mill in Texas (1826). 
Trenckman's Austin County states the Cummings Mill sawed from the trunks of virgin forest the lumber to build San Felipe.

Five miles east of Sealy along I-10, the Brazos River would guide steamboats carrying cotton from the plantations
to the North.  The famous "Yellowstone" steamboat which carried Sam Houston and his troops across to Groces Landing
would also carry the body of Stephen F. Austin to his burial place at Peach Point.


San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site

Colonial Capital of Texas

With reverence, I shall honor Stephen Fuller Austin for my heritage and I will cherish with dignity the memory of those courageous souls that gave their lives for freedom. I will be free and stand tall and proud as another flag shall unfurl over my charred ashes. Will rejoice at the silence of cannons and know that the tainted smell of war shall fill my senses no more. I am the Cradle of Texas Liberty - the once colonial capital of Texas - I am San Felipe and I shall rise again!

Learn about the early history of San Felipe "The Cradle of Texas Liberty" at the San Felipe de Austin State Historical Site.

The site preserves a portion of the townsite of San Felipe de Austin that served as the colonial capital of Texas. Visitors also explore the life of Stephen F. Austin, the "Father of Texas," and his impact on the settlement and independence of Texas.

On a picturesque bluff overlooking the Brazos River, the story of Austin and the pioneers that followed him to Texas is told through statues, monuments, historical markers, a replica cabin and exhibits in the Josey Store Museum. The park is open daily with no admission fee.

Stephen F. Austin Button
1928 Fundraising Pin replica


Austin County Legislative Day, May 3.
In honor of our namesake
Stephen F. Austin, Father of Texas

In 1928 the schoolchildren of Austin County sold “Father of Texas” pins to raise funds for a monument to Stephen F. Austin at the site of his Colonial Capital of San Felipe de Austin. Inspired by their efforts, the Town of San Felipe donated 6 acres at the center of Austin’s 1823 town-site to being a memorial park. The pint granite obelisk they funded, shown at right, was unveiled in November, 1928. This historic site was a focus of the Texas Centennial celebrations, and in 1940 was donated to the State of Texas.

Now, 85 years after our county’s school children commemorated the Father of Texas, it is time for a new generation of Texas leaders to take on the challenge. The Texas Historical Commmision began management of the site in 2008. In 2012 they added more than 70 acres to it, and began planning for a museum and visitor center to tell the story of Stephen F. Austin and his Colonial Capital. Public and private support are both needed for these efforts to succeed.

Help us to expand and develop the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site,
and provide a showcase for Stephen F. Austin, the Father of Texas,
at the site of his only home in Texas.


Stephen F. Austin Statue

San Felipe de Austin Kiosk

Colonial Capital of Texas
Visit The Colonial Capital of Texas
website for more detailed information
about this very important historic site.

180th Anniversary of Texas Independence



Archeology Awareness month in October

Archeological Investigations/Hands-on Archeology

See details on our Event Calendar

Don't miss the Heritage Celebration Father of Texas Birthday in November
See details on our Event Calendar

This event celebrates Stephen F. Austin’s birthday with special
activities, presentations, demonstrations and reenactments.

Sponsored by Friends of the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site
and the THC Historic Sites Division.

Free; donations are accepted.

San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site
FM 1458 (48 miles west of Houston, IH 10 exit 723)

Information: Bryan McAuley, 877.558.7245 (toll free)

San Felipe de Austin Heritage Celebration


Stephen F. Austin State Park

Deer San Felipe State Park

Stephen F. Austin State Park is nestled on the banks of the Brazos River and provides opportunities to get up close to nature. This quiet and peaceful park, located just 30 minutes from the outskirts of Houston, is a nice escape from busy city life. Various species of flora & fauna call the park home and many are visible with just a car ride through the park.

Activities include picnicking, camping, fishing, hiking, and nature and historical tours.
Open 7 days a week year-round.
Information 979-885-3616 |  Reservations 515-389-8900


Painted Bunting

San Felipe and the Stephen F. Austin State Park are a part of
The Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail

as one of the birding hotspots of coastal Texas,
offering a variety of seasonal birding events.

Our county has some of the most breathtaking birds in North American as abundant visitors, including the Painted Bunting pictured here (a member of the Cardinal family).



Call us at 979-885-3222 for more detailed information about our area history.


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