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looking up the the man - Huntsville

looking up the the man

This is big Statue of Sam Houston Review

David Adickes built the statue to honor Sam Houston on the 200th anniversary of his birth. Dedicated on October 22 1994 the 67 foot tall statue was placed on a 10 foot tall pedestal. Standing next to it you feel really small.

After passing the Visitors Center you wander down a wooded path where you pass a replica of the statues face - only since this is eye level it is much easier to see. The path then leads around the back of the statue and from there you are on your own. There is plenty of room to take pictures from all angles and distances.

I can't remember now whether there was charge, but I don't think so. The little shop had some nice souvenirs to choose from.

Directions: If you are coming from the South there is a sign and exit before reaching the Statue. If you pass it then just exit the next chance and wander back south through town. It is on the south end of town.

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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Woodland Home from the pond - Huntsville

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Other buildings Sam Houston Memorial Museum Review

There are other things to see at this museum. There is the large pond named for Houston's Cherokee father. A barn and blacksmith shop, main museum building, a pottery and a few other buildings. Some are original, others have been reconstructed.
It is a peaceful place to visit. No charge when we were there. At various times docents are available for demonstrations. The annual Sam Houston Folk Festival is held the end of April/first of May and includes music, soldiering, arts and crafts, ethnic foods, and more.

Address: Sam Houston Avenue and 19th St. Huntsville

Directions: From Houston -Take exit 114 off of I-45.

Website: http://www.samhouston.org/

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  • Written Mar 6, 2010
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Steamboat house - Huntsville

Steamboat house

Steamboat House Sam Houston Memorial Museum Review

This home was built with an unusual construction and the intended occupant refused to live in it. So when the Houstons returned to Huntsville to live (having already sold their Woodland home), they rented this home. It was only a short time later Houston became ill and died in the parlor where his bed had been brought. The funeral was also held in this house in the room at the top of the stairs.

Address: Sam Houston Avenue and 19th St. Huntsville

Directions: From Houston -Take exit 114 off of I-45.

Website: http://www.samhouston.org/

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  • Updated Mar 6, 2010
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A place apart - Huntsville
A place apart Sam Houston's Law Office Review

This rough, sturdy hewn-log building served as the office and meeting place for Sam Houston and his friends.

Address: P. O. Box 2057, Huntsville, TX 77341

Directions: On the Sam Houston Memorial Museum grounds, Same Houston Avenue and 19th Street.

Phone: 1-936-294-1832

Website: http://www.shsu.edu/~smm_www

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Houston home - Huntsville

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I love places that famous people lived Sam Houston Memorial Museum Review

Sam Houston first came to Huntsville in 1847, supposedly because it reminded him of his home in Tennessee/and or Virginia. He retired to Huntsville after he was evicted as governor rather than take an oath of loyalty to the Confederacy.

He was born in Virginia, grew up in Tennesee, became governor of Tennessee, experienced various political and personal challenges and moved to Mexican Texas apparently to escape them. Here he ran smack dab into history and became intimately involved. The history of Texas is replete with references to Houston.

The Memorial Museum here reflects a time in the history of the settling of the country that has so long past it is hard to envision. So it is good to wander through the old home here, to see a simpler time and life.

Known as the Woodland home it is two separate units connected by a breezeway. Each side has two levels with connecting walkways. The furnishings are similar to what would be expected in a frontier town of the mid 1800's. Heavy wood furniture, wool and cotton clothing and bedding, pottery and pewterware.

Houston's office was a separate building as was the kitchen.

Houston sold the Woodland home in 1858 while they lived in the town named for him. Unable to buy it back when he stepped down as governor he rented the Steamboat house which has been relocated and is part of the museum's 18 acre property.

Address: Sam Houston Avenue and 19th St. Huntsville

Directions: From Houston -Take exit 114 off of I-45.

Website: http://www.samhouston.org/

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Kitchen building - Huntsville

Kitchen building

Solid and practical Sam Houston's Kitchen Review

The kitchen being a separate building altogether from the home had many practical reasons. First it reduced the chance of fire moving on to the main home. Second it reduced the heat in the overwhelming humid summer.

Directions: On the grounds of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, at Sam Houston Avenue and 19th Street.

Phone: 1-936-294-1832

Website: http://www.shsu.edu/~smm_www

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