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Stephen F. Austin, colonial leader and first Anglo settler of Texas, was, according to Texas’ first historian, Henderson Yoakum, “the peaceful founder and builder of a new empire.” He may not have been the general that Sam Houston was, but Austin created the basis for the Republic that was to become Texas. We will get to visit the new museum at San Felipe before exploring Belleville and the settlements at Richmond. At the George Ranch we’ll get to experience the early life of the pioneers before traveling to West Columbia, the site of Texas’ first capital. The Varner Hogg Plantation will give us a chance to compare the life-styles of the wealthy with the homes of the early settlers like the Allen Brothers in downtown Houston.
Depart at 9am.
Tour the new Austin Colony museum at San Felipe
Lecture on Stephen F. Austin and his challenges
Lunch in San Felipe
Visit Belleville and tour old home sites
Spend the night in Richmond/Rosenberg Bed and Breakfast
Interviews with local historians
Lunch in Richmond
Tour George Ranch
Explore West Colombia
Visit Varner-Hogg Plantation Historic Site
Spend the night in Aycock Crews House/Roses on the River
Lunch in Brazoria
Discover downtown Historic Houston
Visit Allen Brothers settlement
Return to Huntsville