San Augustine's history predates the revolution. As early as the 1540s, European visitors were getting lost in the pines around San Augustine. In 1691 the Old San Antonio Road (as it was later called) was cut by Domingo Teran de los Rios. The Mission Nuestra Senora de los Dolores de los Ais was established in 1717, has been restored and is one of San Augustine's major attractions today.
As Anglo migration to Texas increased in the early 1800s, San Augustine was the site of the customhouse and a stopover for everyone entering Texas. It soon became the most civilized place around, and its early history shows it to be the birthplace of several colleges and the first churches (in Texas) of several denominations were opened here. Sam Houston was a frequent visitor and Texas' first governor now sits (as a statue) on the courthouse lawn of his former residence. (info. from TexasEscapes.com)
The Stripling Drug Store was established in 1904. Stripling Drug also houses the Old Town Well.
Obviously an old gas station. Anyone know what kind it was?? I've seen them in I've also seen them in Henderson, Rosenberg, Greenville, and Joinerville.
Memorial Presbyterian Church - organized as the Bethel Presbyterian Church in 1838 in the Goodlaw School House, this is the oldest Presbyterian church in Texas.
San Augustine Jail (old town jail) - the old town jail was built in 1884 of native clay brick, hand molded in a local brick yard. This building replaced an old log jail, built in 1841, of similar size and shape.
Masonic Lodge - Red Land Lodge #3 was organized in San Augustine in 1837. The Masonic Temple was erected in 1910. It is also the home of the John Gillespie Chapter of the order of Eastern Star organized in 1904.
Hollis Building - a general merchandise store, the Yellow House was built by John P. Border before the Civil War. The current structure, built by I. H. Hollis, was completed in 1884.
The Old Custom House was established during the Republic of Texas. For years it was the only public building in town. It also served as the county courthouse until 1854.
Augus Theatre - the theatre was constructed in the 1920s by E. H. Blount and operated by William Wade from 1927 until 1972. It currently houses the San Augustine County Historical Society.