Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig Museum, Austin

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The 1869 home of Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig was saved and deeded to the City of Austin in 2003. Joseph Hannig built this home in 1869 for his new wife, Susanna Dickinson. She survived the Battle of the Alamo and carried the news of its fall to Sam Houston, which ultimately led to Houston's defeat of Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto and won independence for the Republic of Texas. For this deed, Susanna Dickinson became known as the "Messenger of the Alamo." Her home was saved, restored and opened as a museum on March 2, 2010, Texas Independence Day.

The museum is the only remaining residence of Susanna Dickinson. The home is considered a “rubble-rock” house, a style of architecture brought to the Texas Hill Country by German immigrants. Inside the museum are rare Dickinson family artifacts, as well as furniture produced by Joseph. The couple lived in this house for six years, until 1875, at which point they moved into the area of town known as Hyde Park. Please stop by and let our docents show you the house and recount the vivid stories of the survivors of the Battle of the Alamo.

The Museum is part of Brush Square Museums, three historic museums consisting of the Susanna Dickinson Museum, the O. Henry Museum, and the Austin Fire Museum. The Dickinson and O. Henry Museums assist in running the Austin Fire Museum, operated by the Austin Fire Museum Hook & Ladder Society.

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  • A fascinating life story captured in a restored house. When we went there was a temporary exhibition about the history and understanding of post traumatic stress disorder. It was both fitting and...  more »
  • Even those that don’t like history classes love a great story, and the Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Museum documents a fascinating one! Susanna, one very tough woman, survived the Alamo with her...  more »
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  • Excellent puzzle piece of Texas history discussed more broadly at the Bullock Texas History Museum. Bart was well-versed on the subject matter in addition to providing easy banter on Texas history. Finally, great location along with having air conditioning which is significant in July.
  • When you walk in, you are greeted with a smile. The two ladies that was there today was AWESOME! They were nice enough to give me a brief but detailed overview of the history of the Dickinson house. The quilt on the bed is what I found to be so amazing, as it is signed but all the living descendants of the survivors of the Alamo. If you get the chance please go check it out.

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