Located on the Texas-Louisiana border on either side of Toledo Bend Reservoir, Sabine County and Sabine Parish have been connected since 1796 by a ferry that previously transported horses, wagons, and pioneering families across the river. Today, a three-mile bridge across what is now the largest man-made body of water in the South provides two-way access to the adjacent communities along with neighboring San Augustine County which are rife with historical landmarks, travel routes, centennial monuments, restored homes, newsworthy artifacts, and more.
701 S. Broadway St. | San Augustine, TX 75972 | 936-275-3815
Interpretive displays convey the story of Spanish relations with Native Americans and French settlers as related to the Spanish mission built in 1721 as a way station on the El Camino Real de los Tejas.
History comes alive as travelers tour the historic homes of pioneers, patriots, and a US Ambassador as well as the old San Augustine Jail and Restored Courthouse featuring a replica of the law office of the first governor of Texas.
Check with city tourism agencies to locate widely-rutted sets of trail remnants where incised landscapes and soil compaction mark the actual routes that make up the "superhighway" of previous human activity along El Camino Real.
375 Sabine St. #B | Hemphill, TX 75948 | 409-787-4827
Remembering all seven astronauts of the space shuttle disaster and Sabine County's role in recovery efforts, the museum features exhibits including personal items of the astronauts as well as a digital learning center and a short video documentary entitled Of Good Courage.
Built about 1818 and recognized by the Texas Historical Commission as the oldest standing log structure in Texas, the Gaines-Oliphint House may be the oldest Pre-Republic, Anglo-American structure that exists in Texas today.
Rescued and renovated by local volunteers and believed to be the second oldest house in Texas, the Causey House is a restored log home built around 1830 which reveals the hand-hewn quality and craftsmanship characteristic of the period.
Raising awareness and appreciation for the culture, tradition, and heritage of the Adai Caddo Indian Nation, the cultural center celebrates the history, daily life, arts, and achievements of American Indians with exhibits, storytelling, dancing, music, and more.
Once the capital of Texas and a place of unique cooperation among the French, Spanish, and indigenous Caddo Indians, this location outlines where the presidio once stood and is now the site of extensive excavation and resulting archaeological discoveries.
Recently deemed the #1 bass fishing lake in the country, Toledo Bend Lake is the largest man-made body of water in Texas and features premier fishing, two championship golf courses, 25 lakeside resorts, and facilities for swimming, boating, picnicking, camping, and more.
129 E Columbia St. | San Augustine, TX 75972 | 936-275-2004
Diners will have trouble deciding between the variety of delectable desserts like chocolate, coconut, or buttermilk pies to top off juicy made-to-order hamburgers, crispy catfish, and chicken fried steak.
2000 Cypress Bend Pkwy. | Many, LA 71449 | 318-590-1500
Located on 400 acres of rolling hills at Toledo Bend Lake, Cypress Bend offers guest rooms and suites, fine and casual dining, full-service spa and salon, fitness center, indoor/outdoor pool, and an 18-hole championship golf course which is part of Louisiana's Audubon Golf Trail.
Texas Historical Commission Welcomes Mission DoloresMission Dolores has a rich history dating back to its first incarnation in 1717.
Ladies' Tour of the Deep South featuring the Toyota Avalon Hybrid LimitedThe Deep South region of the United States beckons travelers with its rich history, opulent grandeur, down-home cooking, and warm hospitality.