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Texas State Cemetery Tours and Activities

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Texas State Cemetery
The Texas State Cemetery, in addition to being a somber place for reflection, provides a historical overview of the notable men and women whose legacy continues to shape the Lone Star State. Among the famous interred here are writer James Michener, Civil Rights leader Barbara Jordan, and Stephen F. Austin, known as the Father of Texas.

The Basics
The Texas State Cemetery visitor center features interactive displays on Texas history and offers audio tours for those visiting independently. The grounds also contain a 9/11 memorial and a monument to the Tennessee Native Sons who died fighting for Texas’ independence.
A guided visit offers background information to help you appreciate the legacies of those buried here, from politicians and brave Texas loyalists to Wild West outlaws. Some city tours include a stop here in addition to other Austin highlights, such as the Texas Capitol and Mayfield Park. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Texas State Cemetery is a must for US history buffs.
  • The cemetery grounds are open daily from 8am to 5pm; the visitor center is open weekdays only.
  • Gravestone rubbings are prohibited. 
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to walk on some uneven terrain on the grounds.

How to Get There
The Texas State Cemetery is on Navasota Street in East Austin. If you’re driving, head south on US 35 to 11th Street, then turn right on Navasota. Limited parking is available at the visitor center, on Navasota Drive between Seventh and 11th streets.

When to Get There
The cemetery is open year-round, and spring and fall can be busy with school tour groups. If you visit in the summer, arrive early to avoid the sometimes oppressive afternoon heat. In the event of a funeral (which can happen with little notice), the grounds will be closed and no tours will be allowed. 

Famous Graves
Some of the most notable gravesites include those of former Texas Governor Ann Richards; Chris Kyle, Navy SEAL and author of the book American Sniper; author James Michener; Tejano leader José Antonio Navarro; and several Texas Rangers. Former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush have chosen to be buried here, too.
Address: 909 Navasota St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
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