Deep in East Texas, situated among the pine tree forests, lakes, and historic sites of the region, lies the charming town of Nacogdoches. Its roots go back 10,000 years — the age of the earliest settlement evidence — and it was home to the Caddo Indians until the early 19th century. Along came the Spanish missionaries in 1716, followed by the French. More flags have flown over Nacogdoches than over the state of Texas.
Today, the outer parts of the town along Highway 59 are dotted with chain restaurants and fast-food joints, like just about anywhere. But the downtown center is a little treasure, with red-brick streets lined with some of the prettiest and most well-preserved historic buildings in East Texas.