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Calaboose African American Museum

Downtown | Letters, books, photographs and antique artifacts cover all aspects of African American life in early Texas, as visitors chart a rarely-told history of heroism in the Calaboose African American Museum.

 “Calaboose,” was common word for jail when Hays County’s first jailhouse was build during the reconstruction period in 1873.

In 1943, an extension was added to create a USO dance hall for black soldiers. In 1954, it was again converted into a community center for Dunbar residents. And in 1990, it grew into one of our treasures, the Calaboose African American Museum. Special exhibits include displays relating to the Buffalo Soldiers, Tuskegee Airmen, WWII Military, Civil Rights, Ku Klux Klan, and San Marcos area history.  

Currently housed in the Calaboose is a wealth of memorabilia from locally born jazz pioneer Eddie Durham. Plans are in the works for a stand-alone Eddie Durham Museum, paying tribute to the dreams and achievements of one of San Marcos’ most accomplished native sons.

Saturday  10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Monday - Friday   (Please call to arrange tours)

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Eddie Durham Park

Park features include band shelter, park benches and a small domino pavilion.

Buzz Mill

Downtown | Buzz Mill is a San Marcos' only 24hr coffee shop and features a full food menu, a variety of house-infused liquors, a large beer selection, a variety of vegan items and coffee from Austin-based Barrett’s Coffee.

Hops & Grain

OPEN FALL 2018 -  Downtown | The new facility will feature a brewery and taproom serving beer, coffee, baked goods and snacks. The San Marcos facility will be the Austin-based company’s second brewery. Their beers can also be found in local retailers.