Text Box: Border Heritage Museum

© 2011 Webb County Heritage Foundation  | 500 Flores Avenue, Laredo, Texas

Mailing Address:

Post Office Box 446

Laredo, TX 78042-0446

Phone 956-727-0977 | Fax 956-727-0577 | e-mail heritage@webbheritage.org

 

 

 

 

 

Villa Antigua Border Heritage Museum

810 Zaragoza Street, Laredo, Texas

Museum hours:
Tuesday - Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed on Sundays and Mondays

 

Admission $2.00

This restored two-story brick building constructed in the early 20th century, was once home to two early Laredo merchant families. With its size and pivotal location on the banks of the Rio Grande, this Italianate-style residence is representative of the grand houses that populated the San Agustín District in the early twentieth century. The block, with several historic properties, is located immediately east of San Agustín Cathedral, Laredo�s oldest landmark and San Agustín Plaza, which dates to 1767. The home was abandoned for many years and survived numerous fires and initiatives aimed to demolish it. In 2002, the Webb County Heritage Foundation and the County of Webb acquired the home and undertook its historic rehabilitation. It now serves as the Villa Antigua Border Heritage Museum showcasing the region's history, culture, industry, and populations through a series of changing exhibits and educational seminars.