Austin County tourism venues featured on PBS show

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Chet Garner’s popular PBS show “Daytripper” visits venues across Texas, and last week they added stops in Bellville and San Felipe.

“This town between Houston and Austin may seem small and unexceptional, but it holds some of our oldest stories,” Garner said. “This is the land where Texas began. And more than just that, it’s a place filled with passionate folks who have big talents.”

Venues such as Phenix Knives, Bellville Meat Market, Newman’s Bakery, Newman’s Castle, The Hill and the San Felipe de Austin Historic Site.

“San Felipe de Austin served as the capital of Stephen F. Austin’s Colony in Mexican Texas from 1823 to 1836,” said Bryan McAuley, site manager for the San Felipe de Austin Historic Site. “In the spring of 1836 it was burned by evacuating residents as part of the Runaway Scrape during the Texas Revolution. Today, the site preserves the stories of Austin and his settlers through preservation, archeology, and public history programming related to the Mexican Texas era.”

Garner said that exploring Texas “ain’t no small vacation – it’s a lifetime adventure.”

The Texas native calls himself a bona fide “Texplorer.” The Eagle Scout and married father of four has won five Emmy Awards for “Daytripper” and writes a monthly column for Texas Highways Magazine.

Although the Austin County show already aired on PBS Oct. 6, it can be viewed at thedaytripper.com/watch. The local feature was the first episode of the program’s 10th season.

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