Clarksville/Old West Austin

Welcome to Clarksville/Old West Austin

This charming town is considered one of the area’s oldest neighborhoods

Built along the rolling hills overlooking the Texas Capitol, Clarksville is one of the area’s oldest neighborhoods. Founded in 1871, the town is filled with quaint, narrow streets and an eclectic mix of architecture, including many historic bungalows, elegant Victorians, and modern designs. A number of apartment buildings mixed with high-end condominiums and townhomes add to the diversity of housing and residents.

Located at the base of Old West Austin, a city and county seat of Red River County, Clarksville is part of the National Register of Historic Places, the federal government’s list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that it believes are worthy of preservation. Ethnically and economically diverse, this neighborhood offers a unique, rich history and woodsy ambiance. 

What to Love

  • One of Texas’ oldest neighborhoods
  • An eclectic mix of architecture
  • Recognized on the National Register of Historic Places

People & Lifestyle

Maintaining a population of a little more than 3,000 residents, Clarksville has a median home value of about $53K. Residents here are predominantly young families, and the town’s vibrant historic district offers an endless array of entertainment.

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

Clarksville offers a range of dining options, from casual to upscale. Local favorites include Jeffrey’s, featuring dry-aged prime beef and French American classics, and Cipollina, which offers handmade pastas, wood-fired pizzas, and other Italian staples. Grab a table at Clark’s Oyster Bar to experience an upscale-casual seafood spot with an open kitchen, marble-topped bar, and indoor and outdoor seating. Josephine House offers lunch, afternoon snacks, and evening drinks and is perfect for special events.

Things to Do

History is a primary part of the Clarksville experience. Several historically significant buildings exist here, including The Castle, built in 1869. Formerly the Texas Military Institute, this unique Victorian Gothic building is considered the oldest existing college building in Texas. It is a designated Austin landmark. 

Originally built by a formerly enslaved man just after the Civil War, the 1879 Haskell House stands as a reminder of Clarksville’s historical roots. Across generations, the home has served as a place of worship and the site of a popular lunch program for seniors. In 1976, the house was deeded to the City and became a symbol of the Freedom Colony’s early history.

The 39-acre Castle Hill Historic District contains 175 properties and 16 city landmarks, including Fire House #4 and a "Moonlight Tower" at the corner of West 12th and Blanco Streets. Primarily residential, this district is the location of many architecturally significant homes.

The popular Mary Baylor Clarksville Pocket Park includes a splash pad, a shaded play area with two sets of swings, and a great spot to picnic under the trees. Additional amenities include basketball courts and a multipurpose field.
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