10 Things Every Nacogdoches Native Knows
Everybody knows that Nacogdoches is "The Oldest Town In Texas". Everybody knows where Stephen F. Austin State University is. But only true natives know all about these 10 Nacogdoches things.
In June every year, this downtown Nac event brings almost 20,000 people into town to celebrate. (This year the festival is on June 9th, so plan accordingly)
Twice a year, there are two huge plant sales from the SFA Gardens, one in the spring and one in the fall. The spring one is actually coming up on April 7th.
Whether you choose to go in the summer, in December between the fall and spring semesters, or during down times such as Thanksgiving or Spring Break, every Nacogdoches native knows these are your best chances to avoid the crowds associated with college students.
While it is true that North Street becomes almost impossible to navigate while SFA classes are in session, it doesn't get much better any other time of the year. A true Nacogdoches native has this at the forefront of their mind, at all times.
People that don't spend a lot of time in Nacogdoches think that having a large amount of donut shops in the area is a positive thing. People that are in Nacogdoches on a regular basis know that 10 donut shops is way too many.
Lots of truth here. When people from Houston, Dallas, or other big cities come in complaining about the lack of things to do in Nacogdoches, as a rule, we tune them out. Don't like what Nac has to offer? You can leave.
That's right. All the local businesses, and even your local radio stations participate in the annual lighted Christmas parade, where the only rule is that your float, vehicle, etc. has to be lit up. And, guess what? We even say "Merry Christmas".
Whether you're enjoying Texas Country at Banita Creek Hall, a jazz band at the Fredonia Hotel, an acoustic show at Maklemore's, a local band at the Fredonia Brewery, a live orchestra show on the SFA campus, a band at Front Porch Distillery, or somewhere else, there is always a live music event somewhere in town.
So, on random nights, people will drive their vehicles - old, new, truck, car, SUV, dirty, clean, or otherwise - to the parking lot of what used to be Goody's, which is now Harbor Freight Tools and Hibbett Sports. They just sit out there for hours on end. Why? We have no clue.
Over the past couple of years, there has been road construction on Starr Ave. First, it was to widen the road. Then, it was to work on the bridge. This means that you have to go WAY out of your way to go anywhere in town. Now, they're getting ready to do similar work on Austin St. which, as we native Nacogdoches people know, will produce the same problems.