Independence Visitor Center Open Through July

June 23, 2010

Independence, Texas -- the original home of Baylor University -- has a special place in the hearts of Texans and the Baylor family. For those planning to visit the village this summer, the Baylor University Libraries invite you to stop by the new Independence Visitor Center.

The Independence Visitor Center occupies the oldest standing structure in the village of Independence. The building was erected by the Mexican government in 1835 and used for legal proceedings by the area alcalde, John P. Coles, a leader of one of Stephen F. Austin's original 300 settler families. Although not constructed of adobe bricks, the building has been historically referred to as the "Adobe House." The building is now being used by the Independence Historical Society and by The Texas Collection of the Baylor University Libraries as the two organizations collaborate on the preservation of this integral part of Baylor's history.

The Independence Visitor Center is located at 10270 T.S. Saul Road in Independence, Texas, and is open through July on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., including Sunday, July 4. The center will be closed for the months of August and September and will resume business hours in October.

In addition to the Independence Visitor Center, tourists are also invited to visit the Antique Rose Emporium, the Independence Baptist Church, the Texas Baptist Historical Museum, Baylor Park on Windmill Hill, Old Baylor Park on Academy Hill and other historic sites in the Independence area.

For more information about Independence, Texas, you can visit their Web site.