The town of San Augustine is busy about restoring and maintaining the historic place that it is. The city is positioned about twenty-three miles from the Texas/ Louisiana border in Deep East Texas. The county, also called San Augustine is surrounded by both the Sabine National Forest and the Angelina National Forest. The area is well inhabited by an abundance of wildlife and birds. Both Toledo Bend and Lake Sam Rayburn are within close proximity and many angler and camper travel through our town. Located on the National Historic Trail, El Camino Real de los Tejas, San Augustine celebrates its status as one of 89 cities in the state designated Texas Main Street program.
San Augustine was founded in 1833, when settlers organized the earliest and oldest American town in Texas. With that heritage comes the proud ownership of many “Texas firsts” like the establishment of the first university, home of the first governor, first churches, and the list goes on. Just to name a few notable sites would certainly include the 1717 Mission Nuestra Senora de los Dolores de los Ais (Mission Dolores) site. The site was recently accepted by the Texas Historical Commission as a Texas State Historic Site. The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been named a State Archaeological Landmark.
Over the years, even before being named a main street city, the Texas Historical Commission and local preservationist have been laying the groundwork for San Augustine’s success as a historic destination city. Our main street district is drawn to include the buildings within the already established National Register Commercial Historic District. This is a major advantage when applying for grants and has many other benefits for the business developer.
A great influence on the whole county has also been the restoration of the county courthouse through the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program. The courthouse is the nucleus of the town square. The courthouse project (completed in 2010) now serves as the heartbeat of downtown. Economically, the surrounding stores, restaurants, and professional offices benefit from the courthouse traffic!
Downtown San Augustine is home to the famous Grapefruit Hi Ball. The drink is a secret recipe made by the local drugstore which has been in operation since 1904! There is an old-fashioned soda fountain inside too. Retail shops are filled to the brim with name brand and made in Texas items! Restaurants are open to serve homemade cuisine and delectable desserts! Both downtown restaurants have been featured in the Texas Farm and Home magazine, one in the Texas Monthly, and one in the State of Main. Already seven local businesses have been recognized by the Texas Historical Commission for being in operation for 50 years or more!
The 1772 Foundation and American Main Street program chose Texas as their pilot state for a new façade grant program. After applying locally for the grant, the state office chose Texarkana and San Augustine to participate. Local businesses have purchased signage and improved facades by using this grant.
Property is available and updated regularly. Contact the City of San Augustine Main Street for more information. 936-201-9798 or 936-275-3172.
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