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Rich in History: Tour the State Capitol and the Texas State Cemetery

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One of the best ways to learn all about our state history as well as the many unique turns we took in the course of becoming the Lone Star State is to tour the Texas Capitol and the Texas State Cemetery in Austin. The Texas State Cemetery can be found approximately one mile east of the Capitol building, in the Texas Hill Country, and is the final resting place for many a Texan who made a considerable contribution to our state. The Texas Capitol is not only listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but it was designated a National Historic Landmark and is widely considered one of the most distinguished state capitols in America.

Rich in History: Tour the State Capitol and the Texas State Cemetery

Photo: Facebook/Texas State Cemetery

The main entrance to the Texas State Cemetery is located at 909 Navasota St. in Austin, and the cemetery itself consists of 18 acres in total. Such notables as Stephen F. Austin are interred there, along with a number of governors, various legislators and judges, and many individuals of significance with respect to our state history. Visitors have the option of guided group tours or self-guided walking and audio tours. For group tours, the cemetery requests that your numbers be no smaller than 10 and no larger than 40 per guide for guests to have the best experience. Tours take approximately 45-minutes-to-an-hour and are free! For those in groups smaller than 10, or those visiting on the weekend, a brochure together with an audio tour wand are available at the Cemetery Visitor Center. Tour information can be found at the cemetery web link available here.

Rich in History: Tour the State Capitol and the Texas State Cemetery

Photo: Facebook/Texas State Capitol

The Texas Capitol was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. In 1986, it was designated a National Historic Landmark. Guided and self-guided tour options are available seven-days-a-week, with the exception of some holidays. Available tour times as well as additional information can be found at the link provided here. Guided tours of the Texas Capitol take visitors to key areas and provide information regarding the building, the state legislature, and integral points of Texas history. They also provide seasonal and specialty tours, including the Women in Texas History Tour and the Heroes of the Texas Revolution Tour!