Developed by European settlers along the east bank of the San Antonio River in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, La Villita (the Little Village) was on the proverbial wrong side of the tracks until natural flooding of the west-bank settlements made it fashionable again. It fell back into poverty at the beginning of the 20th century, then was revitalized in the late 1930s by artists and craftspeople and the San Antonio Conservation Society. Now boutiques, crafts shops, and restaurants occupy this historic district, which resembles a Spanish/Mexican village, replete with shaded patios, plazas, brick-and-tile streets, and some of the settlement’s original adobe structures. You can see (but not enter, unless you rent it for an event) the house of General Cós, the Mexican military leader who surrendered to the Texas revolutionary army in 1835, or attend a performance at the Arneson River Theatre. Walking tour maps of these and other historical structures are available throughout the site. It’ll take you only about 20 minutes to do a quick walk-through, unless you’re an inveterate shopper—in which case, all bets are off.
San Antonio› Attraction
La Villita National Historic District
418 Villita St. #9, San Antonio, TX 78209, USA
Our Rating Neighborhood Downtown Hours Shops Mon–Sat 10am–6pm; Sun 11am–4pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Dec 25, and Jan 1 Transportation
Bus: VIVA lines 11 and 40Phone 210/207-8614 Prices Free admission Web site La Villita National Historic District
Map418 Villita St. #9 San Antonio TX 78209 USA San Antonio
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