Oldest town in Texas celebrates diverse heritage

A view of downtown Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas.

Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas, is quite proud of its rich heritage. Having worked for the Convention and Visitors Bureau in Natchitoches, Louisiana, I have a special interest in history and cultural studies. Through Nacogdoches’ architecture, people, food, and in the city’s general way of life it’s easy to see the many different influences.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church held a Multi-Cultural Festival in the town square last weekend to showcase the area’s heritage. People from across the region added their own touch of East Texas’ culture to the melting pot festival. Speaking of melting pot, the best part of the festival was the food.

From savory Hungarian crepes, to curried Indian food, to tradition Mexican cuisine, each booth served up a plate of flavorful goodness. I bought a giant turkey leg from the Knights of Columbus booth. It was incredibly huge, taking me nearly 30 minutes to finish. Continue reading