NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Glitz, glamour, and sophistication are three words that describe the city of Nacogdoches tricentennial birthday celebration at SFA.
Friends of Historic Nacogdoches President Jeff Abt said this celebration will be one to remember.
"We are celebrating Nacogdoches 300th birthday and it's a great event. We are paying homage and tribute to as it were our great, great, great, great, great grandmother Nacogdoches who gave birth to us all." Abt said.
This celebratory event is also a first for a city in the state of Texas.
East Texas Historical Association Executive Director Scott Sosebee said it's a huge milestone for the city.
"The main thing is it solidifies us as the oldest town in Texas. No other town in Texas can claim to have a celebration this early." Sosebee said.
The mile stone celebration brought people together to celebrate some of the city's greatest achievements and accomplishments.
"I think more than anything else we've made ourselves, the citizens of Nacogdoches aware of our heritage, our past and how important it is." Sosebee said.
Back on July 9th, the group re-enacted the founding of Nacogdoches with a special event near downtown.
And they say tonight the yearlong celebration of the town's heritage is what makes it so special.
"Heritage tourism is a big thing economically to our town. It's important to the citizens of the town, and it's important to the children of our town to have a since of place and that they're from a unique part of Texas. Where Texas began." Abt said.
And as far as what the future holds as the city moves past this historic year.
Mayor of Nacogdoches Roger Van Horn said he sees a bright future ahead for the Nacogdoches.
"We're trying to build a healthy economy to attract young families here, we want small clean industries to move here that pay well." Van Horn said.
This celebration serves as reminder to everyone to never forget where you come from and the historic milestones along the way.
"The past is the soul of a community, it's what gives us our identity and if we don't know what it is we're missing something." Sosebee said.
Approximately 300 hundred people turned out for the city's 300th birthday celebration.