San Felipe de Austin is the site where Stephen F. Austin established his colony in 1823. 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.
Among the museum's artifacts is a field desk that belonged to Stephen F. Austin, and interactive exhibits to help visitors learn more about the town's history. Interpretive panels throughout the grounds convey stories of the townsite.
San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site