About the Event
oin us for a 4-day trek across the Lone Star State as we offer a gripping biblical overview of some of the state’s defining moments. Travel from the missions of San Antonio, to the once log cabin capital in Washington, to the seacoast in Galveston, and finish in grand style at San Jacinto for the 185th anniversary celebration of Texas’s victory over Mexico to earn independence!
The oldest continuously operating hotel west of the Mississippi boasts a distinguished guest list. Teddy Roosevelt mustered the Rough Riders in the Menger Bar.
The iconic mission where Travis drew “the line in the sand” and bravely fought to the last man with heroes Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, James Bonham and more.
This small historic area located between the River Walk and the Alamo started as barracks for the mission at the Alamo and now houses artisans offering their artwork for sale and all-night tacos and mariachis!
The 18th century military and commercial center in San Antonio. It is the location of San Antonio City Hall and the Spanish Governor’s Palace today.
|1:00pm||Tour begins at the Menger Hotel|
|2:00pm||Walking tour downtown SATX (Stops include: The Alamo, Milam Park, La Villita, Military Plaza)|
|5:00pm||Buckhorn Saloon Museum Tour and Dinner (ending approx. 7pm)|
Gonzales became the “Lexington of Texas,” when the Texas Revolution’s first skirmish happened there. Colonists flying a flag that defiantly bore the phrase “Come and Take It” repelled Mexican efforts to seize the village cannon.
Militia from Fayette County rushed to the defense of the Republic of Texas in 1842 to expel Mexican forces from San Antonio. Monument Hill Historic Site honors the casualties from those encounters.
In 1849, German immigrant and master stone mason, Heinrich Ludwig Kreische, purchased 172 acres of land now known as Monument Hill. Kreische built a three-story house for his family and utilized the spring water from the ravine below his house to start one of the first commercial breweries in Texas.
Blue Bell Creamery
Today best known for bluebonnets and ice cream, but in the mid-19th century, it was better known as a cotton, retail, and wholesale hub, thanks to a railroad line, German immigrant farmers, and Jewish merchants.
Washington on the Brazos
Where Texas became Texas. It was here in 1836 that 59 representatives of the Texas settlements met to make a formal declaration of independence from Mexico.
Star of the Republic Museum
Discover the interesting history of the new Republic and learn about the cultures and values of early Texans.
Step back in time to the mid-19th century as the interpreters at Barrington Living History Farm—founded by Anson Jones, the final president of the Republic of Texas—conduct themselves much as the earliest residents of the original farmstead did.
San Felipe de Austin
San Felipe became known as the “Cradle of Texas Liberty.” It was home to Stephen F. Austin and other famous early Texans, and served as the unofficial capital of the colony that he founded in 1823.
Pirate Jean Lafitte made this narrow barrier island his headquarters in 1817. It was a Mexican port of entry in 1825 and the last retreat for the Republic of Texas government before victory at nearby San Jacinto. By the 1880s, Galveston was Texas’ largest and most prosperous city. Its business district, the Strand, buzzed as “The Wall Street of the West.”
Seaport Museum / Elissa
Elissa’s origins are traced to a shipyard in Aberdeen, Scotland, where she was constructed as an iron-hulled, three-masted barque and launched in October 1877. This restored, seaworthy vessel once called on Galveston’s port and now serves as a floating nautical museum docked at the Texas Seaport Museum where the golden age of sailing is chronicled.
San Jacinto Battlefield
“Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!” shouted the Texian troops led by Gen. Sam Houston when they surprised the Mexican army that was camped here in 1836. The decisive Battle of San Jacinto resulted in Texas’ independence from Mexico. Purposely built 15 feet higher than the Washington Monument, the San Jacinto Monument houses a museum with a treasure trove of Texas artifacts.
Return to San Antonio
We will make our way back to San Antonio in time for some late night Mariachi and world-famous Mexican food at Mi Tierra’s for those that want one more bold taste of Texas before concluding our tour.
Historian Bill Potter
An experienced historian and avid bibliophile, Bill Potter combines a lifelong study of American history with an uncommon ability to captivate audiences of all ages as he traces the providential acts of God throughout the ages. Mr. Potter has taught history in high schools and colleges, has led many tours of American and European historical sites and brings to each event a wealth of experience and knowledge. An experienced researcher and writer, Mr. Potter possesses a practical knowledge of antiquarian books, documents, and artifacts and has published several short books and has penned many articles and book reviews for publication. Bill has earned a well-deserved reputation as a man gifted in communicating the story of God’s providential hand in American history. As a father of eight children, he appreciates the necessity of passing on to the succeeding generations the richness of both our regional and national history. He and his wife, Leslie, reside in Virginia.
- All Car Tour components, PLUS…
- 4 nights in historic accommodations*
- All transportation with Historian Bill Potter!
- Admission to all venues
- All guide and docent fees
- Electronic headset receiver for ease of hearing guides
- Biblical/providential interpretation from historian Bill Potter
- Rich fellowship with other brothers and sisters in Christ
- Landmark Events’ signature service throughout the tour
Per Day / Full Tour Pricing
The Deluxe Option includes 4 nights in historic accommodations! Locations subject to change.
Far View Bed & Breakfast Estate
There is a wide array of accommodations to meet your budget and comfort level in every city we visit. We suggest using Trip Advisor as a starting place for your research.
Image Credits: 1 The Alamo (Wikipedia.org) 2 Menger Hotel (Wikipedia.org) 3 La Villita (Wikipedia.org) 4 Military Plaza (Wikipedia.org) 5 Sam Houston Oak (Wikipedia.org) 6 Monument Hill (Wikipedia.org) 7 Kreische Brewery (Wikipedia.org) 8 Blue Bell Creamery (Wikipedia.org) 9 Washington on the Brazos (Wikipedia.org) 10 Star of the Republic Museum (Wikipedia.org) 11 Barrington Plantation (THC.Texas.gov) 12 San Felipe de Austin (Wikipedia.org) 13 Galveston (Pixabay.com) 14 Seaport Museum / Elissa (TripAdvisor.com) 15 San Jacinto Reenactment (Wikipedia.org) 16 San Antonio Riverwalk (Unsplash.com) 17 Menger Hotel Restaurant (TripAdvisor.com) 18 Far View Bed & Breakfast Estate (TripAdvisor.com) 19 The Tremont House (TheTremontHouse.com)