Are you looking for a place where the old feels new again? Nacogdoches is known for having a unique history and a community dedicated to preserving what makes our town special. If you are on the hunt for more information about the Nacogdoches your great-grandparents remember, look no further than Millard’s Crossing – a charming, reconstructed historic village situated on the north side of town. Our mission is to portray the spirit and ingenuity of pioneer settlers in East Texas by connecting present generations to those of the past. Established by the late Lera Millard Thomas, the village is home to a broad sample of 19th century East Texas architecture from log cabins to Victorian homes.
Lera Millard Thomas, a Nacogdoches native, was the wife to former U.S. Congressman Albert Thomas who served Harris County for twenty-nine years. Mrs. Thomas was elected to complete his term after her husband’s passing in 1966, becoming the first Texas woman to serve in Congress. In 1968 she returned to her hometown and embarked upon this remarkable preservation project, stepping in to save some of our community’s finest historic structures as well as creating a place to preserve and display early antiques, tools and memorabilia that are part of the cultural heritage of our community. After 50 years, Millard’s Crossing is still a thriving destination for tourists and locals to learn about the fascinating history of Texas’ oldest town. Telling the stories of our community and sharing them with future generations helps us preserve Nacogdoches’ rich culture and historical beauty. With more 300 years of history, the stories almost tell themselves!
Millard’s Crossing is dedicated to connecting people to the past in meaningful and memorable ways by offering the hands-on experience of pioneer life and history. When you enter the village, we encourage you to immerse yourself into the lifestyle of early East Texans. We offer interactive tours that allow guests to learn new skills and understand how life was in the early 19th century. We give tours to groups to all ages, offer a hands-on museum, host a variety of events and interactive demonstrations. We do all of these things in hopes that our visitors will share the lessons they learn and retell the stories of a bygone era.
Visitors can attend demonstrations and workshops to learn a variety of different skills that honor and reflect practices of previous generations. For example, over the summer we have hosted bread making, canning seminars for pickles, jellies and jams, sit and stitch classes for spinning, knitting and other fiber arts, and many more demonstrations that portray skills that have been used for generations. Our school tour season brings more than 2,500 students to the village each year. Children get to make homemade butter, plow the field and wash laundry the old-fashioned way. We give them a taste of how school was for children back then by having them write with quill pens. We also show them how to make paper, shell and grind corn and how to make candles. After leaving Millard’s Crossing, we want our visitors to have new skills to share with family and friends.
If you are looking for a way to fall back in love with your community or to learn more about the oldest town in Texas, plan a trip to our quaint historic village. In addition to being open seven days a week, we have upcoming seminars and demonstrations that are free for to the public. Our Pioneer Garden Learning Series will take place throughout August. We will meet twice a month to discuss best practices for gardening in East Texas including composting tips, insect identification and garden tips from previous generations. Additionally, we will be doing wool washing, quilt-making and more instructional sessions during the fall. Like and follow our Facebook page for more information on these upcoming events.
Hours of Operation
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday
1 to 4 p.m. Sunday
Self-Guided Walking Tour – $4
Adult Guided Tour – $10
Child Guided Tour – $5
6020 North Street
P.O. Box 634221
Nacogdoches, Texas, 75963
Post contributed by Jessi Pinkert, Millard’s Crossing Historic Village executive director.