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Sterne Hoya House Museum, Nacogdoches

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Historic Site · Tourist Spot
The Sterne-Hoya House Museum and Library is located at 211 S. Lanana, in the city and county of Nacogdoches, in the U.S. state of Texas. It is on the National Register of Historic Places listings in Nacogdoches County and is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. Davy Crockett was a guest in the house, and Sam Houston was baptized in the house.
Adolphus Sterne was an immigrant from Cologne, Germany. During a sojourn through Tennessee, he became friends with Sam Houston. He moved to Nacogdoches in 1826. Sterne became a munitions smuggler during the Fredonian Rebellion. He was a financier of the Texas Revolution. When Texas became a state, Sterne served in both houses of the legislature. In 1830, he built the house at 211 S. Lanana. Davy Crockett was a guest in the house for two weeks of 1835. Sam Houston was baptized into the Catholic faith in the parlor of this house, thereby meeting the requirements of the Mexican government to settle in Coahuila y Tejas and own property.
The house is a 1-1/2 story wood frame construction on a brick pier foundation. A Victorian porch serves as the entrance. On the same lot, to the rear of the main house, is the servants quarters. Sterne also built a stable, smoke house, hen house and corn crib on the property, but they are no longer there. Sterne made modifications and repairs in the two decades following the home's original construction.
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  • The tour of this house turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip. So much history in this house and we had an excellent tour guide. We were probably there about an hour or so.  more »
  • It is an old house, re-purposed several times, now with decor reflecting two historical periods. The docents stayed late for us and gave an excellent description of the rooms, how the renovation...  more »
  • Great quaint area for photos. Super fun and interesting museum too
  • Great history. Loved it.

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