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State Historic Sites Change Management

San Jacinto and others will remain open to the public.

The Texas Legislature transferred operation and maintenance of six Texas Parks and Wildlife Department sites to the Texas Historical Commission earlier this year in House Bill 1422.

“Our primary goal as stewards of these sites has always been the preservation of these iconic landmarks for the enjoyment of current and future Texans,” says TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith. “We entrust the future care of these notable parks to the capable hands of the THC and know they will continue these high standards of maintenance and operations going forward. TPWD is proud to have been the caretakers of these historic sites for many decades, and we will continue to care for the hundreds of historic buildings, archeological sites and other cultural resources that exist within state parks and natural areas across Texas.”

These six sites are the newest additions to the 22 sites under the management of the Texas Historical Commission.

“Texas Parks and Wildlife and their professional staff have done impressive work stewarding these historic places,” says Mark Wolfe, THC executive director. “We welcome this challenge to build on their legacy and continue the preservation of these unique sites for new generations of visitors to enjoy.”

Find a list of all Texas state parks at TexasStateParks.org and a list of Texas state historic sites operated by the THC at www.thc.texas.gov.

Photo by Sonja Sommerfeld / TPWD

San Jacinto Battleground and Monument

Photo by Earl Nottingham / TPWD


Photo by Chase Fountain / TPWD

Fanthorp Inn

Photo by TPWD

Monument Hill/Kreische Brewery

Photo by TPWD


Photo by Chase Fountain / TPWD

Port Isabel Lighthouse

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