One of the oldest homes in East Texas  is the 1830 Sterne-Hoya House (211 S. Lanana St., 936/560-5426, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tues.–Sat., free admission and tours). Built by Adolphus Sterne, a prominent leader of the Texas Revolution, the modest yet stately home is still standing on its original site, a rare claim for many structures of this era that were either moved or demolished. Prominent figures of the time, including Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, and Cherokee Chief Bowles visited the Sterne home in the mid-1800s.
Tour guides explain the significance of the period antiques and the prominent families that occupied the home, which is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places.