November 3, 1793 was the birthday of the Father of Texas!
Austin was born in Austinville, Virginia (near the historic town of Lexington, VA), where his father had a lead mine.
I have written about the Father of Texas several times, so you can easily read in the blog archives about his father Moses and how they became Texas Empresarios, how Stephen was reluctant to take over his father’s dream, but capably founded his original colony at San Felipe just the same.
This summer I got to travel through Virginia, and I saw firsthand the place where Stephen F. Austin was born. (Is it a coincidence that he and Sam Houston were both born within a short distance of each other?) Austinville is one of the most pleasant places you could hope to visit!
The home site is now a memorial park, commemorated with a lovely plaque where the cabin once stood.
The cabin was a stone’s throw from the banks of the New River, nestled between rolling hills and reflecting the clouds on its calm surface.
Papa Moses’ lead mines were about a mile upstream, and the colors in the rocks of that area bear testimony to their mineral content.
If I were Moses Austin, I’m not sure I would ever have left!