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 Historical 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 Statue

Colonial Capital

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

Don't miss the Heritage Celebration
Father of Texas Birthday on Saturday, Nov. 5
  -  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) bryan.mcauley@thc.state.tx.us

San Felipe


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).

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