Our Texas History Museum

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Our Texas History Museum

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Our Texas History Museum

Davy Crockett Signature

We live in a state with a wonderfully unique history. I have loved the story of Texas since I was a child, and my passion for telling Texas history as it actually occurred has grown with each passing year. This is why we have built a stunning collection of rare Texana historical documents and artifacts in our restaurant, why I give history tours for fourth graders almost every school day, and why we invite you to the restaurant for my Saturday morning history talks. Texas is an incredible place, a land rich in heritage and opportunity for everyone. I hope you'll come visit and fall in love all over again with our unique State.

Enjoy! -Nina Hendee

Texas Artifacts Guide

Alamo Chapel Doors


In September of 2022, Nina received a phone call that would change the Taste of Texas Museum Collection forever.

The Interior Sacristy Doors of the Alamo Chapel had been in a private collection since 1954 and were coming available for bid. These doors had been sold by the Alamo to a private collector and had been displayed in Texas for almost 7 decades. The collectors were liquidating their extensive holdings. Nina contacted the auction house and began to inform them of the 15,000 school tours for Texas 4th graders each year, and the 1000+ people daily who come to Taste of Texas Restaurant. Those numbers piqued the interest of the collectors whose primary desire was that the doors would remain in Texas and be highly visible in their display to educate young people about the courage and valor of our founding fathers in Texas.

On December 16th, we were informed that we had won the bid! Oh Happy Day! We took delivery of the doors and began planning their display. On March 6, 2023 on the 187th Anniversary of the battle of the Alamo, the doors went on permanent display in the lobby of the Taste of Texas, and have been causing quite a stir since then!


The Spanish Government built the Alamo which was known as Mission Valero in 1717. The doors of the Interior Sacristy of the church were built in 1750. On March 6, 1836 the battle of the Alamo inscribed the names of those 189 Texian defenders into our history forever: Crockett, Travis, Bowie, and Dickinson became household names for all who have toured the Alamo and revered it’s history.

It was behind those doors that Susannah Dickinson hid with her 18 month old daughter Angelina in her arms listening to the shouting, rifle & cannon shots of this brave battle. Her husband Almaron Dickinson was just a few feet away directing the cannon on the rampart wall of the church. In the early moments of the battle, Almaron ran to Susannah and said, “All is lost, and I hope that you should live.” Colonel David Crocket just before the battle came to pray with Susannah and re-dedicated his life to the Lord Jesus Christ, and then returned to his position.

Oh, if these doors could only talk and tell of the stories of that day. But they can! Susannah recounted her experiences and they are recorded for history forever. Now these doors bear witness to the bravery, struggle, and sacrifice that makes our Texas so unique. They are sentinels to our Texas Heritage.

Favorite Eyewitness Accounts


    What small village in Big Bend had an army post stationed there (1915) to protect the area from Mexican bandit Pancho Villa?


    What famous US Army Officers were assigned to that post?

    Black Jack Pershing and George Patton

    What is the only legal border crossing between El Paso and Del Rio?


    What is the birthplace of the Texas flag?

    Montgomery, designed by Dr. Charles Bellinger Stewart

    What famous Bonanza TV series star was from O'Donnell, TX.

    Dan Blocker ´Hoss´ Cartwright

    What is the oldest law enforcement agency in North America with a statewide jurisdiction?

    The Texas Rangers

    What is the AA-affiliate of the Houston Astros Baseball team based in Corpus Christi?

    Corpus Christi Hooks

    What does the German name "Schlitterbahn" mean?

    Slippery Road

    Sam Houston, arguably the most famous Texan, was actually born in what state?


    What river in Texas means "nuts"?


Since 1985, we have hosted over 400,000 Texas school children on complimentary Texas History School tours and lunch at the Taste of Texas. If you would like for your school to visit, please visit