Locals and visitors will soon have an early opportunity to visit the newly restored Durst-Taylor Historic House and Gardens, the latest site to be added to a guided walking tour of historic downtown landmarks.
The walking tours will be offered at 10:30 a.m. each Saturday in October at the Visitors' Center, located at 200 E. Main street. Tickets are $2 and can be purchased beginning at 10 a.m. the day of the tour. Children 12 and under are free.
"The walking tours are a wonderful opportunity for locals and visitors to learn more about the city of Nacogdoches and the history that makes it unique," said Sherri Skeeters, assistant director of the Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Our volunteer guides are very knowledgeable about local history and help make the tours entertaining, as well as informative."
The Durst-Taylor house is a ca. 1835 wood-frame house and the second oldest structure in the city. It was recently restored to interpret the 1840 to 1860 time period and includes a smokehouse, blacksmith shop, visitors' center and heritage gardens. In August, the house was dedicated as a recorded Texas Historic Landmark.
Other historical sites on the tour include the Caddo Indian burial mound, Oak Grove Cemetery, the Old University Building, Zion Hill Baptist Church, the Adolphus Sterne HOuse and much more. The walking tours take about an hour and a half to complete.