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      2021 Official Guide &
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                                      CONTENTS
AD INDEX.................................................4
WELCOME................................................7
                                                                               This year’s cover presents Nacogdoches County as a network
THE CHAMBER.........................................9                          of possibilities with the Chamber at the center, showing exactly
                                                                               what the Chamber does! We bring opportunities to businesses and
BIENVENIDOS........................................ 11                         professionals, which in turn build a strong network of caring and
                                                                               community unlike any other. #NetworkNac
LEADERSHIP.......................................... 13
ANNUAL HONORS.................................. 15
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR........................... 17
HISTORY................................................ 19
VISIT.......................................................23
WEEKENDS............................................31
BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL..........................35
GETTING AROUND.................................37
THE MOVE..............................................41
RETIREMENT..........................................45
ECONOMY..............................................51
EDUCATION............................................53
                                                                               Photography by Kelly Augustine, Clay Bostian, David Kimling,
CITY & COUNTY.....................................57                           Patrick Kuhns, Hardy Meredith, Morgan McCrory, Bruce R. Partain,
                                                                               Michele Peck and Amy Sanford. Additional photos courtesy of City
MEDICAL................................................59                      of Nacogdoches, The Daily Sentinel, Nacogdoches Convention and
                                                                               Visitors Bureau, Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce,
ALPHABETICAL MEMBERSHIP..............63                                        Photography by JR and Stephen F. Austin State University.

CATEGORICAL MEMBERSHIP................79

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AD INDEX
1st Choice Realty......................................4           Lehmann Eye Center ............................ 40
Alamo Realty...........................................30          Manpower.............................................. 40
Allstate Insurance Co. - Michele Muse                              McWilliams & Son Heating and Air
Allen.........................................................49   Conditioning............................................42
American Real Estate - Tami Jones......42                          Nacogdoches Cardiac Center................62
Angelina Arts Alliance............................26               Nacogdoches County Chamber of
Austin Bank.............................................56         Commerce...............................................66
Axley & Rode, LLP..................................28              Nacogdoches Dental..............................21
Azalea Orthopedics................................16               Nacogdoches Economic Development
Badders Law Firm......................................             Corporation.............................................50
..............................10 & Inside Back Cover               Nacogdoches Heritage Title.................. 56
BancorpSouth.........................................36            Nacogdoches Main Street..................... 29
Brookshire Brothers Food & Pharmacy...64                           Nacogdoches Memorial Health....................
Bryan Davis, M.D. Family Medicine.........33                       ......................................................Back Cover
Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Home.......66                           Nacogdoches Pediatric Dentistry......... 54
Cataract, Glaucoma, Cornea & Retina                                NacSpace................................................52
Consultants of East Texas.....................6                    Naskila Gaming.......................................32
Charles Pool Real Estate...........................                Natural Stone & Design, LLC.................64
......................................Inside Front Cover           NIBCO Inc..................................................5
Chill Nac..................................................32      NMC Health Network.............................39
Christ Episcopal School.........................64                 North Village Market..............................22
Citizens 1st Bank....................................28            Parkway Wealth Management Group.. 44
Coldwell Banker Blueberry Realty.........38                        Piney Woods Country Club....................24
Commercial Bank of Texas....................12                     PineyWoods Pediatrics, P.A...................54
Cox Contractors, Inc...............................43              Point A Media, Inc...................................86
CPRE Commercial..................................62                R & K Distributors, Inc............................14
Doches Credit Union..............................64                Redeemer Lutheran Church & Student
Edward Jones - Jason Barber...............46                       Center..................................................... 40
Edward Jones - Steven Barber..............46                       Regents Academy..................................42
Fairchild, Price, Haley & Smith, LLP..........2                    Ruckel Insurance & Financial Group.....56
G&G Lock & Safe Co...............................62                State Farm Insurance - Ted Smith..........8
Harry’s Building Materials, Inc...............20                   Stephen F. Austin State University.......18
Interpreting Training and Consulting                               The Surgery Center of Nacogdoches...60
Services...................................................66      Tipton Ford Lincoln.........................1 & 34
JB Crawford Construction.....................32                    Whole Again Counseling + Wellness....58
Laird Funeral Home................................48               XETX Business Solutions......................38

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                                  WELCOME
Welcome to Nacogdoches, a resilient community that
has always responded to challenges with teamwork and
                                                                   Trail, which links the Ruby M. Mize Azalea garden to the Piney
                                                                   Woods Native Plant Center, and wander through a diverse
determination. We’re known as the Oldest Town                                 collection of plants, from stately Japanese maples
in Texas, the Garden Capital of Texas and                                             to hardy native species.
the home of Stephen F. Austin State
University. While we’re proud of our                                                       Make time for our abundant
history, hospitality and natural                                                             recreational activities, as well. Enjoy
beauty, we know it’s our hard-                                                                  fishing, camping, hiking and
working, passionate people                                                                         boating at Lake Nacogdoches,
who make this place truly                                                                           Lake       Naconiche        and
special.                                                                                              Sam Rayburn Reservoir.
                                                                                                       Take advantage of the
The        Nacogdoches                                                                                  engaging cultural events
County Chamber of                                                                                        SFA offers to the
Commerce is the hub for                                                                                  community.        Quench
our entire community.                                                                                    your thirst with a local
We provide resources                                                                                     libation and kick up your
and vital information                                                                                    heels to live music.
to small businesses,
employers, health care                                                                                  Take time to savor the
providers,      educators                                                                              sights, sounds, tastes
and volunteers. From                                                                                  and personalities that
established local icons                                                                             make Nacogdoches unique.
to exciting new ventures,                                                                          This is an extraordinary town
the Nacogdoches business                                                                        with a lot of great people. If
community is vibrant and diverse,                                                             you decide to become a part of
and the Chamber works to create                                                            our community, visit the Chamber
new opportunities by cultivating strong                                                office to learn how we can help you get
networks and advocating for our shared                                              moved and settled!
interests on regional, state and national levels.
Whether you’re here for a visit or you’re looking for a new        Best wishes,
place to call home, we invite you to discover the treasures that
make Nacogdoches unique. Walk in the footsteps of history
as you explore streets lined with revered historic landmarks.
Stroll through Millard’s Crossing, a collection of restored 19th   Ted Smith
century buildings, and feel the serenity and simplicity of that    2020-2021 Chair of the Board of Directors
time. Visit the breathtaking SFA campus, home to more than         Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce
12,600 students, and the Old Stone Fort, where Texas’ first
two newspapers were set to type. Walk the Lanana Creek

                             “The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce helps
                             professionals create strong networks, which lead to more
                             cooperation, collaboration and opportunities for us all.”
                             Ted Smith | State Farm Insurance
                             Chair of the Board of Directors
                             NACOGDOCHES COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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                      THE CHAMBER
Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce staff, board members
and volunteers are busy year round. These are just a few of their
                                                                        speakers and informs the business community of issues vital to
                                                                        their success.
programs. Get involved today!
                                                                                    Government Affairs Committee: This committee
Advocacy & Public Affairs: This team helps to                                             monitors state, local and federal issues that
promote public policy initiatives that will                                                  are important to the community. They host
help position Nacogdoches County to                                                              Nacogdoches/SFA Day in Austin and
prosper.                                                                                            the Lone Star Legislative Summit in
                                                                                                      Nacogdoches and communicate
Agribusiness: This team supports
                                                                                                        with elected and appointed
and develops the agricultural
                                                                                                          officials.
industry. They aid in educating
the public about the                                                                                         Leadership      Nacogdoches:
importance of agribusiness                                                                                    This nine-month training
and coordinate the annual                                                                                      program develops new
Agriculture Appreciation                                                                                       leaders in our community.
Banquet.                                                                                                        Participants learn about
                                                                                                                the driving forces and
Alive After Five: This after-
                                                                                                                services in Nacogdoches
hours business mixer
                                                                                                                while developing personal
brings people together
                                                                                                               strengths and valuable
at a Chamber member’s
                                                                                                               skills.
location to spotlight that
business.                                                                                                    Member Success Orientation:
                                                                                                            This     initiative explains
Ambassadors: This group is
                                                                                                          Chamber programs and
the public relations arm of
the Chamber, providing ribbon                                                                            benefits to new and prospective
cutting, grand opening and                                                                            members, highlighting the tools
groundbreaking services and support.                                                                available for maximizing a Chamber
                                                                                                  membership.
Business Development: This team develops
ways to help our businesses grow by raising                                                   Retirement Marketing & Recruitment Committee:
public awareness, developing partnerships, and                                         This group assists in marketing Nacogdoches as a
building coalitions and community support in Nacogdoches                        premier retirement community.
County.                                                                 SFA-Chamber Connection: This committee includes special programs
Chamber First: This initiative encourages chamber members to do         such as Business Internships and Paint The Town Purple. They
business with other Chamber members, supporting the businesses          develop contacts at SFA that can be used as resources for the
that put resources back into our community and share our vision for     business community, lead Chamber efforts in helping SFA recruit
Nacogdoches County and East Texas. Don’t just make a purchase           students and help businesses reach students and parents as
— make a choice!                                                        potential customers.

Education: This team leads an extensive effort to improve educational   Transportation: This committee coordinates efforts to improve
standards, teacher morale and the academic climate of our county.       all modes of transportation in Nacogdoches County by actively
Projects include Leaders of Tomorrow, Great Expectations and the        seeking increased funding from the state for local
N.O.B.L.E. Scholars Banquet.                                            highway projects and more.

Eggs & Issues: This monthly breakfast meeting features high-profile

                                “Accredited with 4 stars by the United States Chamber of Commerce,
                                our organization is rated in the top 3% of chambers in the entire
                                country. Let us show you why we earned this distinction!”
                                C. Wayne Mitchell
                                President/CEO
                                NACOGDOCHES COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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                   ¡BIENVENIDOS!
Bienvenido a Nacogdoches, la ciudad más antigua de Texas, la
capital oficial de Jardines de Texas, y casa del Texas Blueberry
                                                                    y eventos comunitarios patrocinados por la Cámara. Su Cámara
                                                                    de Comercio no es una división de la Ciudad, ni del Condado, ni
Festival, el evento familiar que se celebra el segundo fin                  ninguna otra entidad gubernamental.
de semana en Junio.
                                                                                       La Cámara es una organización 501 (c) (6)
Es en Nacogdoches donde caminara                                                           sin fines de lucro de negocios y líderes
en los pasos de la historia. Texas                                                            comunitarios que se han unido para
comienza aquí. Durante siglos,                                                                    promover el progreso cívico,
las personas que llamaron                                                                           comercial y económico en
casa a estos exuberantes                                                                              nuestra comunidad a través de
bosques cultivaron la tierra                                                                           los siguientes esfuerzos:
y cuidaron los jardines
que nutrían el cuerpo y el                                                                              Consultas     directas y
espíritu. Nuestras calles                                                                                recursos a negocios,
están llenas de marcas                                                                                    organizaciones       y
sagradas de la historia                                                                                   particulares.
de Texas.                                                                                                  Crear oportunidades para
Tómese      el    tiempo                                                                                   que los negocios crezcan
para aprovechar las                                                                                        y prosperen.
abundantes actividades                                                                                    Proporcionar una multitud
en         Nacogdoches.                                                                                  de oportunidades de redes,
Seleccione entre la pesca,                                                                              recursos y servicios.
el esquí acuático, acampar,
y pasear en barco; todo esto                                                                          Funciones de patrocinio que
en el lago Nacogdoches, el                                                                           brindan a los negocios y
lago Naconiche, o el lago Sam                                                                      organizaciones la oportunidad
Rayburn. Disfrute de cualquiera                                                                 de conocer a otros y referir aquellos
de los 16 parques de la ciudad, seis                                                          que conocen a otros miembros.
canchas de tenis de la ciudad, y un rodeo
o concierto en el Centro de Exposiciones del                                              Participar en el desarrollo de liderazgo,
Condado de Nacogdoches.                                                            voluntariado, desarrollo educativo, cooperación
                                                                            regional, y desarrollo económico.
El personal de la Cámara de Comercio del Condado de
Nacogdoches, los miembros de la junta, los comités y los            Mantener alianzas a nivel local, estatal, y federal, comunicar
voluntarios, se mantienen ocupados durante todo el año              problemas actuales, coordinar foros de candidatos, enfocarse en
promoviendo Nacogdoches. La Cámara es un centro integral            el desarrollo de la fuerza laboral y los problemas de calidad de
de información y recursos para los recién llegados, visitantes,     vida que impactan a cada comunidad.
residentes, negocios, y personas que buscan información y           ¿Tiene negocio o está listo para comenzar? Involucrese. ¡Hagase
orientación.                                                        miembro de la Cámara de Comercio hoy!
Los fondos para la Cámara provienen de negocios, organizaciones
y miembros individuales que creen en apoyar y trabajar con
una organización que promueve la comunidad de negocios y la
economía local. El financiamiento adicional proviene de proyectos

                             “Ser miembro de la cámara tiene muchos beneficios.
                             ¡Hágase miembro hoy!”
                             Juan Gonzalez | BancorpSouth
                             Board Member
                             NACOGDOCHES COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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                          LEADERSHIP
CHAMBER STAFF

                                                                                                                    VISION:
                                                                                                      Leading Nacogdoches to be the
                                                                                              ideal place to live, work, play and do business.
  C. Wayne    Kelly Augustine Barbara Holl           Sharon Hurst      Shari Williams                          MISSION:
   Mitchell   Executive Vice    Operations            Information      Membership &            Creating an environment where business
President/CEO    President    Vice President          Coordinator        Retention                          can succeed.

CHAMBER EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

 Ted Smith      Claire Robbins Dr. Todd A. Brown Melissa Taack    Tyrone Curl            Juan Gonzalez Dustin Beavers           Trish Holt
    Chair         Past Chair      Chair-Elect     Treasurer      VC Business             VC Community VC Membership            VC Special
 State Farm       Manpower     Stephen F. Austin     UBank       Development              Development    Services               Projects &
                                State University               Tipton Ford Lincoln        BancorpSouth  Austin Bank            Fundraisers
                                                                                                                                   Etech

CHAMBER BOARD OF DIRECTORS

David Alders    Patrick Castillo Laura Culpepper    Rey Morin          Ed Pool             Angela        Dr. Kimberly Childs Sheri Howard
Carrizo Creek     SERVPRO®       Laura Culpepper, The Law Office of  Charles Pool       Wiederhold Stephen F. Austin          NIBCO INC.
 Corporation                        Architect     Reynaldo P. Morin Real Estate, Inc. Point A Media, Inc. State University

Roger Lindsey Scarlett Long Michael Martin            LaMarcus       Dr. Scott Gordon    Dr. Ryan Head     Darla O’Neill       Ryan Russell
 Oncor Electric Parkway Wealth Nacogdoches             Wallace       Stephen F. Austin   Head Pediatrics McWilliams & Son      The Fredonia
   Delivery      Management     Independent             Etech         State University                    Heating and Air         Hotel
                    Group      School District                                                             Conditioning
WORKING
TOGETHER.
When we come together for a common goal, we can achieve uncommon results.
We at R&K Distributors salute The Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce for striving
for a better community.

   © 2018 ANHEUSER-BUSCH, BUDWEISER® LAGER BEER, ST. LOUIS, MO
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          ANNUAL HONORS
Gary Justice Business Excellence
Award winners are named each year
                                             2019 Casa Tomas
                                             2018 Charles Pool Real Estate, Inc.
                                                                                   Large Business of the Year
                                                                                   2020 Eaton Cooper Power Systems, Inc.
by the Nacogdoches County Chamber                                                  2019 Pilgrim’s Corporation
of Commerce Board of Directors and                                                 2018 Excel Car Wash, Inc.
honored at the Annual Meeting and                                                  2017 NMC Healthcare Network
Membership Banquet. Honorees are                                                     2016 Nacogdoches County
proven leaders in their industries                                                         Peace Officers
and have positively impacted the                                                          2015 Clear Springs Restaurant
business community.                                                                              & Auntie Pasta’s
Small Business of the Year                                                                    2014 Rex Perry Autoplex
2020 Nacogdoches Floral                                                                        2013 Drewery
     Company                                                                                          Construction, Inc.
2019 Southside Animal 		                                                                         2012 Hotel Fredonia
     Clinic                                                                                       2011 Tipton Ford, Inc.
2018 TWIGS & TIN                                                                                   2010 J.E. Kingham
2017 SERVPRO® of                                                                                          Construction Co.
     Lufkin/ S. 		                                                                                 2009 NIBCO, Inc.
     Nacogdoches                                                                                   2008 Elliott Electric
     County                                                                                               Supply, Inc.
2016 The Hospice Shop                                                                             2007 Bright Coop, Inc.
     of East Texas                                                                               2006 Brookshire
2015 Shelley’s Bakery 		                                                                               Brothers
     Café                                                                                      2005 Nacogdoches
2014 Party ‘N Things                                                                                  Memorial Hospital
2013 Jack Backers College                                                                   2004 Commercial Bank of
     Bookstore                                                                                    Texas, N.A.
2012 Heart of Texas                                                                     2003 Etech
2011 Kline’s Printing                                                                2002 Stephen F. Austin State
2010 Laine’s Hallmark Shop                                                                 University
2009 Glass Castles Stained                                                         2001 HEB
     Glass Studio & Gifts                                                          2000 BancorpSouth/Nacogdoches
2008 Shannons Pools                          2017 Newk’s Eatery #1057                    Medical Center
2007 Point A Media, Inc.                     2016 Banita Creek Hall                1999 Texas Farm Products
2006 Citizens 1st Bank                       2015 Mast Motorsports
2005 Fredonia Hotel                          2014 Wingstop
2004 University Rental                       2013 M & S Pharmacy
2003 Best Water Store
                                             2012 Austin Bank
2002 Lehmann Eye Center
                                             2011 Hydrex Environmental
2001 Dyes’ Country Katfish
2000 R&K Distributors, Inc.                  2010 First Bank & Trust
1999 Mize Department Store                        East Texas
                                             2009 Axley & Rode, LLP
Medium Business of the Year                  2008 Cotton Patch Café
2020 Manpower                                2007 The Daily Sentinel

                              “The Chamber recognizes the contributions our business leaders
                              make. They are shaping the future of our community.”

                              Darla O’Neill | McWilliams & Son Heating and Air Conditioning
                              Board Member
                              NACOGDOCHES COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
Citizen of the Year Awards honor
individuals who have made exceptional
                                          1997 Sammie Russell
                                          1996 Nancy Speck Mangham
                                                                             1984
                                                                             1983
                                                                                      A.L. Mangham
                                                                                      Mack Stripling
and sustained contributions for the                                          1982     Victor Fain
betterment of our community as a whole.                                      1981     Bruce Bates
Named each year by the Nacogdoches                                           1980     Jim Alders and
County Chamber of Commerce Board                                                      M.C. Roebuck
of Directors and honored at the                                                     1979 Dr. Ralph Steen
Annual Meeting and Membership
Banquet,     these      honorees                                                        A relative newcomer to the
possess outstanding personal                                                              Chamber’s annual awards
characteristics,     including                                                              scene, Non-Profit of
honesty, sincerity, integrity                                                                the Year recognizes
and benevolence.                                                                              active organizations
                                                                                               with a proven record
Citizen of the Year                                                                            of demonstrating
2020 Alton Frailey                                                                              community
2019 Jim Jeffers                                                                                consciousness through
2018 Judy A. Abbott,                                                                            civic and community
     Ph.D.                                                                                      involvement.
2017 Barbara and
     Richard DeWitt                                                                          Non-Profit of the Year
2016 Charlotte and                                                                        2020 Love In The Name
     Gary Lee Ashcraft                                                                           Of Christ
2015 Grace Handler                                                                      2019 Boys & Girls Clubs
2014 Ed Pool                                                                                  of Deep East Texas
2013 Dr. Roger Van Horn                                                             2018 Nacogdoches Area
2012 Sgt. Greg Sowell                                                                  United Way
2011 Drs. Baker and Janice 		                                                   2017 Nacogdoches
     Pattillo
                                                                                   Treatment Center
2010 Dr. Archie McDonald
2009 Dr. Patsy Hallman
2008 Dr. Frances E. Abernethy
2007 Margie Tipton                        1995 Judy McDonald
2006 Roy Blake, Jr.                       1994 Mike Aikin
2005 Bryant Krenek                        1993 Joe Max Green, Ed Cole
2004 Tom and Peggy Wright                      and A.T. Mast
2003 Sheriff Thomas Kerss                 1992 Betty Shinn
     and Judge Sue Kennedy                1991 C.L. Simon
2002 Dr. Leon Hallman                     1990 Bob Murphey
2001 Norman Johnson                       1989 Sydney Abegg
2000 Robin Dawley                         1988 Gladys M. Hampton
1999 Dottie Mallory                       1987 Roy Blake, Sr.
1998 Steve Whitbeck, Holly 		             1986 Ed and Gwen Cole
     Musick and Scott Ingalls             1985 Joyce Swearingen

                           “The Chamber recognizes so many talented, thoughtful people
                           who generously donate their most valuable resource — their
                           time — to making Nacogdoches a better place to live.”
                           Angela Wiederhold | Point A Media, Inc.
                           Board Member
                           NACOGDOCHES COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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                                  HISTORY
Texas has a rich and storied history with deep roots in
Nacogdoches. Nacogdoches — the oldest town in Texas — is
                                                               required all settlers and priests in Eastern Texas to withdraw
                                                               to San Antonio. Some were eager to escape the wilderness,
named for the Caddo family of Indians who once                           but others had to be forced from their homes by
occupied the area.                                                                soldiers.

Caddo Indians occupied the                                                               Antonio Gil Y’Barbo, a prominent
Nacogdoches area as early                                                                   Spanish trader, emerged as
as 1200 A.D., settling along                                                                  the leader of the settlers
Lanana and Banita creeks,                                                                       and, in the spring of 1779,
names given to these                                                                              led a group back to
streams later by Spanish                                                                           Nacogdoches. Later that
settlers. The Caddo                                                                                  summer, Nacogdoches
lived in huts made of                                                                                 received      designation
limbs lashed together                                                                                  from Spain as a pueblo,
and covered with                                                                                       or     town,      thereby
grass. They gathered                                                                                    making it the first town
the natural bounty of                                                                                   in Texas. Y’Barbo was
East Texas’ forests                                                                                    named Lt. Governor
and      streams   and                                                                                of the new town and
established elaborate                                                                                established the rules and
trade relationships with                                                                            laws under which the city
other Indians.                                                                                     was governed. He laid out
                                                                                                 streets with the intersecting
Nacogdoches           remained                                                                 El Camino Real and El Calle
a Caddo Indian settlement                                                                    del Norte as his central point.
until 1716. At that time Domingo                                                          On the main thoroughfare he built
RamÓn established five religious                                                       a stone house for use in his trading
missions and a military presidio in East                                           business. The house, or Old Stone Fort as
Texas, including Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe                                it is called today, became a gateway from the
de los Nacogdoches del Pilar. That was the first European        United States to the vast Texas Frontier.
activity in the area, but a mission was not a town — it was
a church. The mission struggled until strengthened by the      The Stone Fort provided a rallying place for Anglos when they
Marqués de Aguayo in 1721, but even then it endured more       arrived illegally before 1824, or legally after the new Mexican
than prospered.                                                government permitted colonization. Here, volunteers gathered
                                                               for service in the Texas Revolution, the Civil War, and even the
The “town” of Nacogdoches was established after the            Spanish American War. Efforts to seize Texas from Spain by
Spaniards decided that the French were no longer a threat      Augustus Magee (1812) and James Long (1819) also
and that maintaining the mission was far too costly. After     headquartered here. In 1835, the Stone Fort was the central
France ceded claims to lands west of the Mississippi River     focus of the Battle of Nacogdoches.
to Spain in 1763, Spain’s New Regulation of the Presidios

                           “The Nacogdoches Chamber again proved its mettle in the challenging
                           year that was 2020 by keeping the local community informed and
                           equipped for responding to the difficulties imposed by a global pandemic.”
                           David Alders | Carrizo Creek Corporation
                           Board Member
                           NACOGDOCHES COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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Education was a major issue facing the Republic of Texas
when it was established in 1836. The citizens of Nacogdoches
petitioned the new government for a charter to create
Nacogdoches University and it was granted in 1845.

Like the rest of the South, Texas and Nacogdoches suffered
during the Civil War and Reconstruction years, but by 1880
the town was booming.

Nacogdoches remained exclusively a farming community until
the Houston, East & West Texas Railroad arrived in 1883. This
helped to transform Nacogdoches into an industrial center as
well. In 1923, the Texas legislature created Stephen F. Austin
State Teachers College in Nacogdoches. Designated Stephen
F. Austin State University in 1968, SFA remains the most
significant economic driver in Nacogdoches’ development.

Today, the city of Nacogdoches flies nine flags to represent
the countries that staked claims and the movements to
establish a Republic of Texas, which have transformed the
city throughout its history, including:
France (1685-1689)
Spain (1519-1821)
Gutiérrez-Magee (1812-1813)
Dr. James Long (1819-1821)
Mexico (1821-1836)
Fredonia Rebellion (1826-1827)
Lone Star (1836-1846)
Confederate Stars & Bars (1861-1865)
United States of America (1846-1861, 1865-present)
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                                           A VISIT
From arts and entertainment and live music to antiquing and
outdoor recreation, Nacogdoches offers a natural beauty and
                                                                    Durst-Taylor Historic House and Gardens
                                                                    304 North St., 936/560-4443, Wed-Sat, 10-4
quaint ambiance that attracts visitors of all ages.                           This circa 1835 wood-frame house is the second oldest
                                                                                      structure in the city. Restored by the City of
Antiquing and Shopping                                                                     Nacogdoches to interpret the 1840 to 1860
Visit Nacogdoches’ countless family-
                                                                                               time period, the hands-on museum
owned shops from the oldest
                                                                                                  includes a smokehouse, blacksmith
antique treasures to trendy
                                                                                                     shop and chicken yard.
boutiques with unique gifts
and souvenirs. Pick up a                                                                               Judy B. McDonald
free shopping guide at                                                                                   Public Library
the Charles Bright Visitor                                                                                1112 North St., 936/559-2970,
Center, 200 E. Main St. or                                                                                 nactx.us/library
call 936/564-7351.                                                                                          This information hub
                                                                                                             provides books, DVDs,
Banita Creek Trail                                                                                           audiobooks,        eBooks,
Trailhead at western end                                                                                     eAudiobooks and a
of Rusk St., 936/559-2960                                                                                    wide range of tools for
The 1.9 mile Banita Creek                                                                                   mastering new languages.
Trail winds through the                                                                                     The library also offers
pristine setting of the                                                                                    a variety of innovative
western part of town and                                                                                  programs such as technology
even includes waterfalls.                                                                               help and training, S.T.E.A.M.
You’ll be surrounded by                                                                               and Makerspace workshops for
shagbark hickory, Florida                                                                           children, adult events for learning,
maple and sparkleberry.                                                                          and entertainment. Cardholders
The Cole Art Center @                                                                         also have borrowing privileges at SFA’s
The Old Opera House                                                                       Steen Library.
329 E. Main St., 936/468-1131, finearts.sfasu.edu,
                                                                                   Lake Nacogdoches
Tues-Fri, 12:30-5; Sat 10-5
                                                                       10 miles west of town off FM 225
This beautifully renovated 1880s opera house includes three
                                                                    This 2,212-acre lake is a great place to catch largemouth bass,
galleries in which exhibitions by SFA faculty and international,
                                                                    crappie and sunfish. Two lakeside parks include pavilions, picnic
national and local artists are hosted year round. Poetry readings
                                                                    tables, charcoal grills, swimming areas, boat ramps, playgrounds,
and other special events are also offered with free admission to
                                                                    a disc golf course and an ADA compliant fishing and boat dock.
the public.
                                                                    Lake Naconiche
Dog Park Nacogdoches                                                Off Hwy 59, 12 miles northeast of Nacogdoches
Banita Creek Park, 501 Pearl St., 936/559-2960
                                                                    692-acre Lake Naconiche gives East Texans yet another
Dogs can socialize, play and exercise in a safe, well-maintained,
                                                                    option for fishing, swimming, water sports and scuba diving.
fenced-in area at this off-leash dog park.

                             “Nacogdoches is a unique destination full of history and hospitality.
                             Discover your favorite spot and come back for more!”

                             Ryan Russell | The Fredonia Hotel
                             Board Member
                             NACOGDOCHES COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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Initially stocked with thousands of largemouth bass from the        garden and large vegetable garden.
ShareLunker program, Lake Naconiche is also home to spotted
bass, channel and blue catfish, black and white crappie and
                                                                    Nacogdoches Farmers Market
                                                                    107 W. Pearl St., 936/213-0640, nacogdochesfarmersmarket.com,
bluegill. Recreational facilities also include accessible fishing
                                                                    Sat, 8-noon; (Jan-Dec) Wed, 10-2 (Apr-Oct)
piers, a swimming area and a scuba platform.
                                                                    Browse at your leisure and shop for homegrown and homemade
Lamp-Lite Theatre                                                   items, including baked goods, locally farmed produce, organic
4210 Lamp-Lite Ln., 936/564-8300, lamplitetheatre.com               beef, chicken, eggs, honey, Texas artisan cheeses, flowers,
As one of the largest community theatre groups in East Texas,          herbs, preserves and various handcrafted items.
a troupe of more than 100 actors present a variety
of plays and musicals throughout the year.
                                                                                       Nacogdoches Fire Museum
                                                                                           214 E. Pilar St., 936/559-2541
Acting workshops for all ages are also
                                                                                              Home to Nacogdoches’ first
offered regularly.
                                                                                                  commercial fire engine, old sirens,
Lanana Creek Trail                                                                                   nozzles and tools, as well as
Trailheads at Clint Dempsey                                                                            numerous photos of local
Soccer Complex (600 E. Pilar                                                                             fires. Tours by appointment.
St.) and Jimmy Hinds Park on
E. Austin St., 936/559-2960                                                                                Nacogdoches Railroad
Experience the beauty                                                                                       Depot
of Lanana Creek from                                                                                         101 Old Tyler Rd., 936/462-
south of downtown to                                                                                         8267, Tours: Wed-Sat, 10-2
the north loop. Originally                                                                                   Listed        on        the
an Indian footpath, this                                                                                     National Register of
trail extends for 6.9                                                                                        Historic Places, The
miles through primarily                                                                                     Nacogdoches Railroad
cottonwood and oak                                                                                          Depot is the only surviving
forests,       past     Father                                                                             passenger station on the
Margil’s Spring, through the                                                                             old Houston East and West
SFA Mast Arboretum, to wide                                                                            Texas rail line. The Depot
open floodplain prairies in the                                                                       currently hosts several rotating
northern part of town.                                                                              exhibits such as the Loblolly
                                                                                                 Model Train exhibit, history of the
Millard’s Crossing Historic Village                                                          HE&WT line and others. Please call
6020 North St., 936/564-6631, mchvnac.com,                                                ahead for exhibit schedule.
Mon-Sat, 9-4; Sun, 1-4
This reconstructed historic village has everything                                Oak Grove Cemetery
from log cabins to Victorian homes that date back to the 1830s.     200 N. Lanana St., 936/559-2960
Guided and self-guided walking tours are available. It is also a    Oak Grove Cemetery is one of the most famous cemeteries in
popular event, photography and film site.                           Texas. It is the final resting place for a number of legendary Texans,
                                                                    including four signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence.
Morning Glory Yoga Studio/Ashtanga Yoga Nacogdoches
409 E. Main St., 936/715-8353, morninggloryyoga.com                 Old Nacogdoches University Building
This beautiful downtown yoga studio offers a variety of classes     515 N. Mound St., 936/569-7292, olduniversitybuilding.com,
and events to enrich the health and well being of every student.    Tues, Thur, Sat, 1-4
                                                                    Built in 1858, it is the only remaining building of the Nacogdoches
Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau                            University chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas to fulfill
200 E. Main St., 936/564-7351, visitnacogdoches.org,                settlers’ ideals for higher education. It was used as a hospital
Mon-Fri, 9-5; Sat, 10-4; Sun, 1-4                                   during the Civil War. The building is furnished with period pieces.
Texas starts here! The Charles Bright Visitor Center is home to
the Nacogdoches CVB, which includes local historic artifacts and    Outdoor Entertainment
exhibits. Watch a video of the history of Nacogdoches and the       Experience “Nac at Night” in an outdoor setting. The
surrounding area. Get visitor information including brochures,      Nacogdoches CVB now offers drive-in movies, live concerts and
self-guided tour details, maps and gifts. Or, download the Visit    “Sip & Stroll” tours with large venue spaces for ultimate comfort
Nac app and build your entire itinerary before you arrive!          and safety. Food trucks and locally crafted spirits are available
                                                                    at most events. Catch a show and a spectacular sunset at the
Nacogdoches County Master Gardeners Demo Garden                     same time — perfect for date night or a girls’ getaway. Stay up to
Main St. and University Dr., txmg.org/nacogdoches/garden            date by checking visitnac.org/events
This 7.3-acre teaching garden includes a butterfly garden, bulb
Tony Award winner              Six guys. One Grammy.        Explosive Ensemble!                     The smash hit phenomenon.
    RENÉE ELISE                    Endless bluegrass hits.      PARSONS DANCE                           BLUE MAN GROUP
    GOLDSBERRY                     STEEP CANYON                 COMPANY                                 APR 15 & 16, 2021
    FEB 5, 2021                    RANGERS                      APR 8, 2021
                                   MAR 26, 2021

                                 —— T H E P I N E S P R E S E N T S ——

        L I V E F ROM T H E H E A RT OF LU F K I N
                                   THE 2021 SEASON

      ALL PINES PRESENTS SHOWS START AT 7 PM IN THE PINES THEATER.

    The Queen of Bluegrass!        Texas Blues & Folk           Grammy Award winners                    France’s premiere Celtic band.
    RHONDA VINCENT                 RUTHIE FOSTER                RANKY TANKY                             DOOLIN’
    AND THE RAGE                   FEB 20, 2021                 MAR 4, 2021                             MAR 20, 2021
    JAN 23, 2021

    Multimedia concert journey     Classic tunes paired with    Award-winning Southern Gospel           High voltage entertainment
    through the Beatles music.     vintage cartoons.            THE ISAACS                              featuring hit songs of the 50s
    BRIT BEAT                      THE QUEEN’S                  MAY 1, 2021                             WINTER DANCE
    MAR 27, 2021                   CARTOONISTS                                                          PARTY
                                   APR 17, 2021                                                         MAY 8, 2021

FOR TICKETS TO ANY TEMPLE THEATER OR PINES PRESENTS SHOWS,               Due to the pandemic and the impact on the performing arts industry, dates
                                                                         are subject to change. Please check our website frequently and follow us
VISIT ANGELINAARTS.ORG OR CALL 936-633-5454.                             on social for updates on schedule changes including newly added shows.
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PineKnot Music Co-Op                                                    contain hundreds of species — pines, hardwoods, ferns and
Millard’s Crossing Chapel (6020 North St.), 936/552-7462                flowering plants and a unique collection of native East Texas plants
This monthly showcase featuring area musicians has been                 in the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Demonstration Gardens.
bringing quality roots music to Nacogdoches since 2001. Free
admission.
                                                                        The Plantery
                                                                        1924 Wilson Dr., 936/468-7850, horticultureisawesome.com
Pineywoods Barn Quilt Trail                                             The Plantery is an interactive garden that provides hands-on
The Pineywoods Barn Quilt Trail includes replicas of quilting           experience for students at SFA. Come learn something new by
squares created from either wooden or metal pieces and                    visiting our micro-farm Sprout, the plant production facilities
displayed on the sides of homes, businesses,                                           and teaching gardens.
fences and mailboxes. Each quilt represents
something different. Explore our
                                                                                               Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden
                                                                                                  West of University Dr. between Starr
beautiful area to view them
                                                                                                     Ave. and College St., 936/468-4129,
all! Current map available at
                                                                                                        sfagardens.sfasu.edu
visitnacogdoches.org/barnquilt
                                                                                                          The largest azalea garden
SFA College of Fine Arts                                                                                    in Texas features more
936/468-6407 or 888/240-                                                                                      than 7,000 azaleas and
ARTS, finearts.sfasu.edu                                                                                       is the centerpiece of
The SFA College of                                                                                              Nacogdoches’       annual
Fine Arts presents                                                                                               Azalea Trail with 1.25
concerts, recitals, plays,                                                                                       miles of accessible trails.
world-famous touring
productions and art
                                                                                                                 SFA Interpretive Trail
                                                                                                                 West on State Hwy 7
exhibitions throughout
                                                                                                                to FM 2782 (about 6-7
the year. Prices vary.
                                                                                                                miles from Loop 224 in
Visit their website for the
                                                                                                               Nacogdoches); turn south
latest information about
                                                                                                             (left) and drive about 2.5
live or virtual performance
                                                                                                           miles to the entrance of the
opportunities.
                                                                                                         Experimental Forest
SFA GARDENS                                                                                            Two trails spanning three miles
Gayla Mize Garden                                                                                   take visitors into the most diverse
1523 E. Starr Ave., 936/468-4129,                                                                 and scenic areas of the Angelina
sfagardens.sfasu.edu                                                                          National Forest. Some 150 species of birds
Meandering trails weave through a high pine                                               and 80 species of butterflies may be seen.
canopy and an extensive collection of ornamental shrubs
and trees, notably deciduous azaleas, hydrangeas and camellias.
                                                                          SFA Planetarium
                                                                        Ed and Gwen Cole STEM Building, 1720 Clark Blvd., 936/468-3009,
Savor a stroll in the seven-course labyrinth.
                                                                        planetarium.sfasu.edu
Jimmy Hinds Park                                                        The SFA planetarium is one of the most sophisticated in the
Austin Street between Raguet St. and University Dr., 936/468-4129,      state of Texas with a 50-foot diameter nano-seam dome and
sfagardens.sfasu.edu                                                    a state-of-the-art 4K Digistar 6 projection system. This system
Dedicated to the first agriculture professor at SFA, this garden        can project the night sky of stars and planets as seen from
features an extensive muscadine collection and “Tree Henge,” a          anywhere on the Earth with digital precision. Full-dome shows
mysterious circle of weeping bald cypress trees.                        use a combination of stunning visual effects, vivid colors,
                                                                        dramatic motion and powerful surround sound to immerse
Mast Arboretum                                                          audiences on thrilling voyages of discovery. The planetarium
1924 Wilson Dr., 936/468-4129, sfagardens.sfasu.edu
                                                                        has seating for 114 and is wheelchair friendly. For the hearing
The first arboretum at a university in Texas, this garden spills
                                                                        impaired, there is an assistive listening system available.
over 10 acres and lies along the Lanana Creek Trail. Enjoy the
wide diversity of plant life, including rare trees, shrubs, vines and   SFA Recreational Trails
perennials. Don’t miss the Monarch Waystation at the Jim and            Park at the corner of Starr Ave. and N. University Dr.
Beth Kingham Children’s Garden.                                         The trail system includes more than eight miles of mountain
                                                                        bike trails hidden in 30+ acres. The trails are primarily advanced
Pineywoods Native Plant Center                                          with a few expert level sections. Features include steep climbs,
2900 Raguet St., 936/468-4129, sfagardens.sfasu.edu
                                                                        rooty sections, tight and twisty routes, smooth and flowy single-
Two miles of accessible trails wind through these lovely gardens,
                                                                        tracks, jumps, berms, wooden structures and a bowl.
a wonderful place for bird and wildlife viewing. Center grounds
5-Star Rating
by Bauer Financial, Inc.
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Splash Kingdom Waterpark
401 N. University Dr., 936/305-5009, splashkingdomwaterpark.com
Splash Kingdom’s Timber Falls family waterpark is open daily
Memorial Day through Labor Day. Individual tickets and season
passes are available.

Sterne-Hoya House Museum and Library
211 S. Lanana St., 936/560-5426, Tues-Sat, 10-4
This circa 1830 home was built by Adolphus Sterne, a prominent
leader of the Texas Revolution, and is the oldest house in
Nacogdoches still on its original site. Sam Houston was baptized
into the Catholic Church in the parlor of the home. Free admission.
Stone Fort Museum
1808 Alumni Dr. (on the SFA Campus), 936/468-2408,
Tues-Sat, 9-5; Sun, 1-5
This replica of Antonio Gil Y’Barbo’s 1779 Spanish colonial stone
house served as a trading post, private home, church, jail and
saloon. Displays illustrate East Texas and Nacogdoches history.
Free admission.
Walking Tour
200 E. Main St., 936/564-7351, visitnacogdoches.org
Pick up a free brochure at the Nacogdoches Convention &
Visitors Bureau with directions to visit 15 downtown stops
and learn about Nacogdoches’ historic past. The tour takes
approximately 90 minutes.
Whole Again Counseling + Wellness
1808 South St., 936/305-3070, wholeagaincw.com
Whole Again Counseling + Wellness provides cost-effective,
accessible, whole-person wellness services and educational
programs, including diverse and engaging mental health
counseling, fitness classes, support groups and workshops for
our community.
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                                 WEEKENDS
Nacogdoches is a relaxing place to get away from it all, but
don’t let the small-town atmosphere fool you. There’s always
                                                                       up a few hard-to-find, “Texas tough” plants at the SFA Spring
                                                                       Garden Gala.
something going on, and some weekends your family
may be hard-pressed to fit in all the activities.
                                                                                      May
                                                                                            During the first weekend of the month,
Here’s a month-by-month guide to the
                                                                                                enjoy authentic dishes from around
perfect Nacogdoches weekend.
                                                                                                   the world at the Multicultural Fest
January                                                                                              at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Start your day off with a taste of                                                                     Then take advantage of the
history at the Old Fashioned                                                                             mild mornings with a stroll
Sweet Tooth Sugarcane                                                                                      along the Statue Trail,
event at the Durst-Taylor                                                                                   made up of nine statues
Historic House and                                                                                           throughout downtown
Gardens, and then help                                                                                        and along Mound Street,
cram the William R.                                                                                           where you will learn
Johnson         Coliseum                                                                                       about influential people
at a Lumberjacks or                                                                                            and events that helped
Ladyjacks      basketball                                                                                     shape the city’s history.
game.
                                                                                                              June
February                                                                                                     Summer                starts
It’s a date! Take in one of                                                                                 scrumptiously with the
SFA’s many cultural events,                                                                                Texas Blueberry Festival
including an intimate play                                                                               — the anchor event of a
by the School of Theatre in                                                                            blueberry-sweet weekend full
Kennedy Auditorium or a concert                                                                      of activities in Nacogdoches!
presented by the School of Music.                                                                 The Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in
Grab dinner downtown, and then stroll                                                          the Park sets a relaxing tone the night
the brick streets and sip some fine wines at                                               before in Festival Park. Downtown also
the annual Downtown Wine Swirl.                                                     plays host to the annual Juneteenth parade. As
                                                                        the temperature rises, keep the kids cool with a visit to Splash
March                                                                  Kingdom Family Waterpark.
Nacogdoches really comes alive in the spring. Celebrate by
perusing the fresh produce and hand-made treats at the                 July
Nacogdoches Farmers’ Market, and then spend a leisurely                Beat the heat by taking in a free movie at the Judy B.
afternoon enjoying nature’s beauty along the Azalea Trail. Wrap        McDonald Public Library, then enjoy some live theatre at
up your perfect Saturday with a wild night at the Nacogdoches          the SFA School of Theatre’s SummerStage Festival. Make
Pro Rodeo and Steer Show.                                              plans for a long weekend in Nacogdoches and celebrate
                                                                       Independence Day the old-fashioned way at Freedom Fest
April                                                                  on July 4th in Festival Plaza.
There’s a whole lot of beauty to behold around town this
month. Bring the family for a full morning of fun activities and
entertainment at the Farmers Market Spring Fling, then pick

                                “The Chamber’s online calendar can help you make the most
                                of your time with unique experiences and events. See what’s in
                                store for your weekend in Nacogdoches!”
                                Claire Robbins | Manpower
                                Past Chair of the Board of Directors
                                NACOGDOCHES COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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August
Cool off with a dip in the clear, spring-fed pond at Camp Tonkawa
Springs, a campground and RV park in Garrison, or beat the heat
and sneak a little education into your entertainment by taking
the kids to see a special program at the SFA Planetarium.
September
It’s time for football, and at SFA that means it’s time for tailgating.
Students, alumni and fans mingle around the Ag Pond before
home games and then cram Homer Bryce Stadium to cheer for
the Lumberjacks. If you’re looking for a more soothing sound,
the Sandyland Bluegrass Reunion features traditional bluegrass
and gospel music.

October
Fall means family-friendly fun in Nacogdoches. Enjoy the
carnival rides, games, food and competitions at the Pineywoods
Fair, and don’t miss the Ghosts of Millard’s Crossing, an annual
event that finds a cast of spirits haunting the historic village,
telling stories about their lives and handing out treats.
November
Enjoy a relaxing drive along the Fall Foliage Trail. Get in the spirit
of the season at Holiday in the Pines, a shopping extravaganza
sponsored by Nacogdoches Junior Forum, the International Fair
Trade Market at Westminster Presbyterian Church, and Wassail
Fest, where downtown merchants feature their best holiday brew.
December
Experience an Old Fashioned Christmas at Millard’s Crossing
Historic Village. The Nine Flags Christmas Festival provides
several weekends worth of activities, including a lighted
parade downtown, a tour of homes and more. It’s a non-stop
celebration of the season that offers something for every
member of the family!
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BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL
The Texas Blueberry Festival presented by Tipton Ford is
a delightful day of fun for all ages! This year marks the
                                                               Festival events include a booth where festival guests may
                                                               personally thank first responders, veterans and elected
31st anniversary of the most delicious festival                           officials for their service and sacrifices, a
in the Lone Star State. As the only state-                                        blueberry pancake breakfast, pet parade,
sanctioned blueberry festival in                                                      car show, bounce park, blueberry
Texas, this annual event attracts                                                        pie eating contests, cooking
more than 20,000 people                                                                     demonstrations, a penny press
to Nacogdoches’ historic                                                                      with blueberry designs,
downtown district.                                                                              The Blueberry Cupcake
                                                                                                 Battle, Running of the
The festival opens                                                                                 Blueberries 5K fun
early on June 12 and                                                                                run, a 42 tournament,
serves as the anchor                                                                                 a washer pitching
event for a weekend                                                                                  tournament         and
packed with sweet                                                                                    Pickin’ on the Square
activities throughout                                                                                music jam sessions
Nacogdoches County,                                                                                  open to all. Enjoy live
all inspired by the                                                                                 entertainment       and
mighty blue super fruit.                                                                           tons of food, craft and
Prime growing conditions                                                                          product vendors that line
make East Texas a choice                                                                        the streets and Festival
blueberry-producing area,                                                                      Park. To make the festival
and the annual harvest                                                                       even sweeter, most of these
peaks in early summer. In 1989,                                                           events are free of charge!
Nacogdoches residents Leon and                                                    Kick off your weekend on Friday
Patsy Hallman coordinated community                                          evening in Festival Park at the Blueberry
leaders and volunteers to plan an affordable,                         Bluegrass Concert in the Park, featuring traditional
family-friendly event that highlights our local businesses     bluegrass music for the entire family. Bring your blanket!
and attractions, while celebrating and promoting the           Free admission.
unique local industry. Today, downtown merchants, festival
vendors and businesses all across the county participate in    Proceeds benefit the Nacogdoches County Chamber’s
the celebration by offering blueberry-themed activities and    various community and business development programs.
specials all weekend long!                                     Go to TexasBlueberryFestival.com for up-to-the-minute
                                                               information.
Thousands of pounds of fresh Texas-grown blueberries are
sold right on site at the festival or you can opt for a free
shuttle ride to a local blueberry farm for a pick-your-own
experience.

                           “Thousands come to Nacogdoches for the Texas Blueberry Festival.
                           For some, it’s a standing tradition. For others, it’s the first introduction
                           to our town and local businesses.”
                           Trish Holt | Etech
                           VC Special Projects & Fundraisers
                           NACOGDOCHES COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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            GETTING AROUND
Located at the crossroads of historic trails such as the
famous El Camino Real, Nacogdoches has been and still is
                                                              Jack Brooks Regional
                                                              Beaumont, TX (125 miles), 409/719-4900, flysetx.com
the destination of countless travelers. Today, many
regional and local transportation options                                     George Bush Intercontinental
serve the city. It seems all roads lead to                                        Houston, TX (130 miles), 281/230-3100,
Nacogdoches!                                                                          fly2houston.com/hou

AIRPORTS                                                                                    Hobby International
A. L. Mangham Jr. Regional Airport                                                            Houston, TX (150
Nacogdoches, TX,                                                                               miles), 713/640-3000,
936/560-9567,                                                                                   fly2houston.com/hobby
nactx.us/airport
Located off Highway                                                                                Love Field International
7 West, one mile                                                                                   Dallas, TX (170 miles),
outside the loop, the                                                                               214/670-5683,
airport provides a wide                                                                             dallas-lovefield.com
range of professional
services         including                                                                         DFW International
aircraft fueling and                                                                               Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
maintenance. The lighted                                                                          (185 miles), 972/973-
runway is a 5,001-feet-by-                                                                       3112, dfwairport.com
75-feet asphalt surface,
equipped with a precision                                                                      BUS SERVICE
instrument landing system                                                                    The District
(ILS) and capable of serving                                                               (Brazos Transit District)
aircraft from the smallest single                                                       800/272-0039, btd.org/nacogdoches
engine to larger corporate jets.                                                    Local fixed routes run 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
                                                                                while their Demand & Response service
Angelina County Airport                                                    runs 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Diboll, TX (32 miles), 936/634-7511, angelinacounty.net
                                                              Greyhound Bus
East Texas Regional                                           4010 South St., 936/305-5285, 800/231-2222, greyhound.com
Longview, TX (57 miles), 903/643-3031, flyggg.com
                                                              CAR SERVICE
Pounds Field                                                  Uber
Tyler, TX (82 miles), 903/531-2343, cityoftyler.org           uber.com
                                                              Request a ride any time of day, any day of the year, depending
Shreveport Regional                                           on the availability of drivers at the time of the request.
Shreveport, LA (90 miles), 318/673-5370, flyshreveport.com

                             “One important element of chamber membership is advocacy
                             — maintaining alliances at the local, state and federal levels and
                             communicating about current issues such as transportation.”
                             Tyrone Curl | Tipton Ford Lincoln
                             Board Member
                             NACOGDOCHES COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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                                             Lyft
                                             lyft.com
                                             Request a ride any time of day, any day of the year, depending
                                             on the availability of drivers at the time of the request.

                                             TAXI SERVICE
                                             Elite Cab Company
                                             936/645-1185

                                             Nac Cab
                                             936/553-4260

                                                     It’s a great day for
                                                     a drive around East
                                                     Texas! Pick up
                                                     the 2021 Official
                                                     Nacogdoches City
                                                     and County map
                                                     at the chamber
                                                     office today.

                                             TRAIN
Your Safe Care                               Amtrak
                                             800/USA-RAIL, amtrak.com
Is Our #1 Priority                           Amtrak offers passenger train service to and from
                                             Nacogdoches via the Amtrak Bus, which transports and
Get the healthcare you need.                 transfers passengers between Houston and Longview. With
                                             confirmed reservations, one can board the bus for either city.
                                             Amtrak service from Longview continues north to Chicago or
Caring may look different than it used to,   west to Dallas, San Antonio and Los Angeles. Amtrak departs
but one thing remains the same – hospital    from Houston east to New Orleans and west to Los Angeles.
teams standing strong together and
caring for our community.

Find a physician at
NacMedicalCenter.com/find-a-doctor
or call 866-697-5864

                                             Nacogdoches is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 59, State
                                             Highway 21 and State Highway 7. Nacogdoches is 65 miles south
                                             of Interstate 20. It is located approximately 140 miles northeast of
                                             Houston, 90 miles southwest of Shreveport and 160 miles southeast
                                             of Dallas. Nacogdoches is located on the future I-69 system which
                                             will provide a continuous corridor connecting Mexico, the United
                                             States and Canada.
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                                     THE MOVE
After visiting, many people decide to make Nacogdoches their
home. The following information helps to simplify the move:
                                                                      GAS
                                                                      Appleby Gas Corporation 936/560-4127
                                                                                Provides natural gas service for residents of Nacogdoches,
DRIVING
                                                                                       Appleby, Holly Springs and Garrison.
Texas Department of Public Safety
936/560-5826, dps.texas.gov                                                                   CenterPoint Energy
Driver’s License & ID                                                                             713/659-2111, centerpointenergy.com
                                                                                                     Natural gas service for
Nacogdoches County Tax Office
                                                                                                        Nacogdoches residents.
936/560-7767, co.nacogdoches.tx.us
Vehicle Registration, Plates &                                                                             City of Chireno Natural Gas
Parking                                                                                                     936/362-2312, chireno.com
                                                                                                              Serves approximately 1,600
ELECTRICITY                                                                                                    customers in a 50-square-
Curtis & Clark Energy                                                                                           mile area.
Services 877/418-2237,
                                                                                                                 Greenville Automatic Gas
curtisandclark.com
                                                                                                                 800/735-7427,
Negotiates electricity
                                                                                                                 automaticgas.com
rates and services for
                                                                                                                 A full-service propane
both residential and
                                                                                                                retailer serving 11
commercial clients.
                                                                                                               counties in east and
Deep East Texas                                                                                               northeast Texas.
Electric Cooperative
                                                                                                            Perry Propane
936/229-4000, deepeast.com
                                                                                                          936/564-8448, perrypropane.com
Serves a large portion of the rural
                                                                                                        Products and services include
areas of Nacogdoches County.
                                                                                                     bottles filled and lease tanks.
Oncor Electric Delivery
                                                                                                 Reklaw Natural Gas 936/369-4333
888/313-6862, oncor.com
                                                                                             Serves the Sacul community.
Delivers electricity to residents inside the
Nacogdoches city limits and parts of the county.                                    INTERNET, PHONE & TV
TXU Energy 855/750-0899 Sales, 800/818-6132 Service, txu.com           AT&T 800/288-2020, att.com
Serves many area residents. To choose another provider, contact       Consolidated Communications 844/968-7224, consolidated.com
Texas Electric Choice at 866/797-4839 or powertochoose.org.           DIRECTV 888/795-9489, directv.com
GARBAGE                                                               DISH Network 833/729-3740, dish.com
City of Nacogdoches Public Works 936/559-2583, nactx.us               Suddenlink 877/251-3110, suddenlink.com
Serves residents and businesses inside the Nacogdoches city limits.
Lilly Sanitation 936/347-2000, lillysanitation.com                    WATER
Serves rural Nacogdoches County.                                      Appleby Water Supply 936/569-9782, applebywater.com
                                                                      Serves residents from the U.S. Hwy 259 and U.S. 59 intersection
Piney Woods Sanitation 936/876-5640, pineywoodssanitation.com         (the Garrison Y) north to Garrison including
Serves rural Nacogdoches County.                                      Appleby Sand Rd. to Nacogdoches.

                              “Choose a house with a hundred years of history, a brand-new home
                              or anything in between. Nacogdoches is sure to have the house and
                              the neighborhood that’s right for your family and your lifestyle!”
                              Ed Pool | Charles Pool Real Estate, Inc.
                              Board Member
                              NACOGDOCHES COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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Caro Water Supply 936/564-3078
Serves residents from Central Heights north to the Nacogdoches
County line and all residents between the Appleby Water Supply
area and the City of Cushing.
City of Cushing 936/326-4665
D & M Water Supply 936/559-9900, dmwater.org
Serves Douglass, the Moral community, parts of Lake
Nacogdoches and areas south of Nacogdoches to Press Rd.
Etoile Water Supply 936/854-2215, etoilewsc.myruralwater.com
City of Garrison 936/347-2201, garrisontx.us
Libby Water Supply 936/560-5097 or 936/558-8633
Serves residents in the Martinsville area.

Lilbert-Looneyville Water 936/326-8060
Serves residents within the Lilbert-Looneyville area.
Lilly Grove Water Supply 936/569-9292, lillygrovesud.com
Serves a 6-square mile area including Old Tyler Rd., Lone Star Rd.,
FM 343 and FM 698.
Melrose Water Supply 936/560-2360, melrosewatersupply.com
Serves the communities of Chireno, Melrose, Oak Ridge, Sand Hill
and Attoyac, plus Timber Ridge and Carrizo Creek developments
and the Boggy Creek area of Lake Sam Rayburn.
Nacogdoches City Water Department 936/564-5046, nactx.us
Sacul Water Supply 936/326-4241
Swift Water Supply 936/462-7843, swiftwsc.com
Serves rural communities in Nacogdoches County, including
residents of Swift, Shady Grove and Martinsville.
Woden Water Supply 936/715-0307, wodenwater.org
Serves the Kingtown, Woden, Oakridge, Fairview, Midway, Barker
and Pineflat communities.
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                          RETIREMENT
Ready to retire? Set within the rolling hills of Texas Forest
Country, Nacogdoches offers Southern hospitality mixed with a
                                                                   CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS
                                                                   Meet new people and do great things with a variety of
rich history and a moderate climate.                                        Nacogdoches groups including Kiwanis, Rotary,
                                                                                   Pilot, Newcomers and several garden clubs.
Nacogdoches was one of the first                                                         Ready to join? You can count on the
three communities in Texas to be                                                            Nacogdoches County Chamber of
named a Certified Retirement                                                                  Commerce to point you in the right
Community. This state program                                                                    direction. Call 936/564-7351.
recognizes        communities
considered exemplary in                                                                                COMMUNITIES
several areas, including                                                                                The Nacogdoches housing
housing, safety, working                                                                                 market has much to
opportunities, healthcare                                                                                 offer to those looking to
services, transportation,                                                                                 retire in the area. Local
continuing education,                                                                                      builders are working
recreation,       cultural                                                                                 to meet the needs of
events,            sports,                                                                                 senior adults by creating
community        services                                                                                  specific subdivisions and
and spiritual enrichment.                                                                                 apartment communities
                                                                                                         that cater to the desires
Nacogdoches offers the                                                                                  and expectations of this
services and activities                                                                                age group. A wide variety
retirees    demand      while                                                                        of housing choices exists to
retaining    the    hometown                                                                      accommodate area retirees,
friendliness and natural beauty                                                                 including patio homes, duplexes,
so many retirees desire. Close                                                              condominiums, apartments and
proximity to two of the South’s best                                                     assisted-care facilities.
bass fishing lakes — Sam Rayburn and
Toledo Bend — makes Nacogdoches a prime                                       CULTURAL EVENTS
recreation hotspot. Surrounded by abundant lakes and tall
                                                                   Lamp-Lite Theatre
pine and hardwood forests, residents of Nacogdoches County
                                                                   936/564-8300, lamplitetheatre.org
have the opportunity to choose from an array of leisure,
                                                                   As one of the largest community theatre groups in East Texas,
educational and recreational venues.
                                                                   a troupe of more than 100 actors present a variety of plays and
                                                                   musicals throughout the year. Acting workshops for all ages are
ACTIVITIES
                                                                   also offered regularly.
Whether you enjoy shopping and dining with friends or concerts
and festivals with the grandkids, there’s always something to do
                                                                   SFA College of Fine Arts
in Nacogdoches. Check out nacogdoches.org, visitnacogdoches.
                                                                   936/468-6407, finearts.sfasu.edu
org or call 936/564-7351 for a complete list of activities and
upcoming events.

                             “Nacogdoches offers the services and activities retirees demand
                             while retaining the hometown friendliness and natural beauty
                             that everyone enjoys.”
                             Roger Lindsey | Oncor Electric Delivery
                             Board Member
                             NACOGDOCHES COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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