For nearly three centuries – longer than anyone can remember – Bastrop has been a good reason for Texas travelers to pull off the beaten path and relax with some of the territory’s best hospitality and scenery. Established in 1832 by Stephen Austin, Bastrop is the second-oldest incorporated town in Texas, and was the alternate for the new republic’s capital. This rich history is evident in the more than 130 historic buildings in and around the town center that boasts historic markers and medallions. Because of this, Bastrop is known as the Most Historic Small Town in Texas. Honored to be named a 2010 Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Bastrop is the sixth Texas City to receive this honor in the 12 years that the awards have been given. In 2012, Bastrop was awarded the Cultural Arts District designation from the Arts. Bastrop is one of only 19 cities to receive this prestigious award.
No wonder Sam Houston, Davey Crockett, and a roster of other early Texas notables came here and stayed awhile.