Welcome to Nacogdoches
Whether Nacogdoches (nack-uh-doe-chuss) really is the oldest town in Texas (as it claims) might be debated, but it's definitely old. The first European settlement here dates from 1716, when a mission was established as a remote outpost of the Spanish empire. Most of the historic brick buildings on the cobblestone downtown square date to the mid-1800s. It's a great place to explore, especially as so much of town is easily walkable.
Today's town has a remarkably genteel sensibility balanced by a college-town buzz from Stephen F Austin State University. Come spring, the area's true colors show with the proliferation of azaleas.