Anglo settlers arrived through Nacogdoches in Texas as early as 1813 as part of the Gutierrez Magee army, but the majority of new Texians arrived through Matagorda ten years later. Stephen F. Austin received his Empresario grant in 1821, but was not authorized to bring settlers until 1823. His grant extended from the Brazos to the Colorado River, starting 10 leagues in from the coast. This was not land he owned, but land which he was authorized to hand out to any settlers who arrived in Spanish and later Mexican Texas. Each settler was authorized to receive a League (4,428 acres) plus a Labor (177 acres). Since land in the United States, right across the Mississippi River, was selling for $1.25 per acre, Austin’s offer of nearly 5,000 acres for the price of the paperwork ($12) was tantalizing for thousands of Anglos who swarmed across the border.
Our tour will begin in Huntsville early in the morning for a long trip to Matagorda, the main seaport for Austin’s colonists. This will give us a chance to learn the history of early Spanish Texas. 3 hr 5 min (168.7 mi) via I-45 S
From there we will follow the trail of those early settlers northwest to East and West Columbia 51 minutes (45.2 mi) via TX-60 N and TX-35 N. where we’ll get to see the first Capitol of Texas. A member of the local Historical Commission will provide a step-aboard explanation of the differences between the two towns and the history of the early settlers. From Columbia we will travel West through Wharton to East Bernard, another historic area.
The next morning we will head into Rosenburg --18 min (16.4 mi) via TX-36 S.--where we will pick up a local member of the Historical Commission as our step-aboard guide.
We’ll tour Rosenburg and Richmond before heading northwest again to visit San Felipe, the center of Austin’s colony. 36 min (30.8 mi) via TX-36 N
There we will have a chance to have lunch in Sealy before exploring the impressive new Stephen F. Austin interactive museum. We’ll head home from San Felipe, returning by about 5 pm. 1hr 33 min (87.6 mi) via Hwy 6 N.
For your special occasions - 12 passenger, limo seating, party van with a dance pole! Cooler with cold water.
8 - 12 People Total
Oct 22 - 1st Tiny Town Tour to New Waverly. We will post the month's tour on Facebook as well. Remember you can book tours at times convenient to you.
One day tours provide you with a chance to enjoy local history in our own area as well as visiting any number of fascinating historical sites within 125 miles of Huntsville and Conroe.
Multiple Day tours are a chance to spend time getting to know some of the wonderful historic sites in Texas. We'll stay at elegant B&B's and eat at the best local restaurants.
There are eight wineries close enough to fit three of them into an all-day tour and to include a delicious lunch as well, all included in the price of your tour.
We forget that many of our neighboring small towns have fascinating histories of their own. Join us for a relaxing lunch and tour to a different town each Friday.
BOOK NOW! Copper Canyon to Cabo - Get your deposit in quickly to hold your seat on the Copper Canyon train. Don't miss the whale watching, the 300 year-old mission and silver mines.