Mission Dolores reopens to public Saturday

by Staff reports
Mission Dolores park entrance

Courtesy of the Texas Historical Commission Mission Dolores park entrance Courtesy of the Texas Historical Commission

SAN AUGUSTINE – The Texas Historical Commission, San Augustine County and the Friends of Mission Dolores will re-open the Mission Dolores State Historic Site to the public after two years of restoration, 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9.

Visitors to Mission Dolores State Historic Site will be able to explore the new museum, enjoy new enhancements to the site, including a disc golf course, according to a THC release.

After a brief ceremony, with THC executive director Mark Wolfe delivering comments, visitors can take self-guided tours of the site and enjoy refreshments and cake.
Mission Dolores was a Spanish mission built in 1721 in what is now San Augustine County, just 20 miles west of the Texas-Louisiana border. The site tells an important history about the Native American experience with Texas’ earliest European settlers.
Visitors can explore the site’s history at the museum where interpretive displays tell the story of Mission Dolores. The property also has a campground, picnic area, disc golf course, and group pavilions.

Mission Dolores – located at 701 S. Broadway St. in San Augustine – is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated State Antiquities Landmark. El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail also passes through the property.

Today, there are no historic above-ground remains of the mission. The mission site has been confirmed by archeological investigations and historical records.