Visit Historic Matagorda County

Where history awaits you!

Lewis family members in front of a live oak from the first tree sale in 1965.

50th Annual J. C. Lewis Live Oak Memorial Tree Sale
Friday, April 18, 1 - 5 pm - HEB Green Space
Saturday, April 19, 8:30 - 4:00 pm at Market Day on the Square

Since 1965 - 7,890 trees have been planted
Since 1995 - 777 crape myrtles
Help beautify Matagorda County by purchasing a tree to reach the goal of 8000 trees.

Eliza Jane Dunbar Sterling & William Henry "Uncle Billie" Sterling




Matagorda County is on the coast of Texas and was an original Texas County. Matagorda is Spanish for "thick brush" and was derived from the dense canebrakes which grew in the fertile prairie soil. The Colorado River flows centrally north to south with Caney Creek meandering its way near the eastern border. Caney was the lifeblood of the Pre-Civil War plantations. The first settlers battled the Karankawas, mosquitoes and the hurricanes.. Residents of the county played integral roles in the formation of the Republic of Texas and the State of Texas. Visit present-day Matagorda County to shop in renovated 19th & 20th century buildings, dine in revitalized store fronts, sleep in hotels and B&Bs built over 100 years ago and

Matagorda County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Read about Matagorda County and
other South Texas communities at
TEXAS NOW Online Magazine

Tenaris Matagorda County Video


Is your business 50 years or older? It could qualify for the Texas Treasure Business Award. The Matagorda County Historical Commission can help with your application.
Texas Treasure Business Award
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Hawley Church


Camp Hulen


Historical Markers

Libraries & Museums

Lodging & Inns

Military Sites


Stores & Shops

Walking-Driving Tours