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Sam Houston Memorial Museum Complex

1836 Sam Houston Avenue
Huntsville, Texas

by Sarah Reveley

Huntsville Tx - Sam Houston Memorial Museum
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2010

"The Sam Houston Memorial Park and Museum, just off U.S. 75 (Sam Houston Avenue). Here in a 15-acre setting are Sam Houston's home, "Woodland," the steamboat house where he died in 1863, his law office, a pioneer kitchen, a blacksmith shop and other buildings. The museum itself houses one of the most extensive collection of Sam Sam Houston in Texas."

From "East Texas Sunday Drives: Huntsville" by Bob Bowman

Steamboat House
Steamboat House,
where Sam Houston died in 1863, was restored and moved it here 1936.

Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2010


Huntsville Tx - Woodland, Home of Sam Houston
Woodland, Home of Sam Houston on the museum grounds
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2010


Huntsville Tx - Sam Houston Statue Mask
Sam Houston Statue Mask
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2010

Huntsville
Sam Houston Memorial Museum

The Sam Houston Memorial Museum is a part of the Sam Houston Shrine complex, and was designed as a permanent monument to the memory of Sam Houston and as a repository for valuable relics connected with his life. Sam Houston gained a reputation for his colorful costumes, and enjoyed wearing Cherokee attire on visits to Washington. On display is his leopard skin vest. When asked why he chose a leopard, Houston would respond that it was because a leopard never changes its spots.

The Sam Houston Shrine comprises some fifteen acres of Sam Houston's homestead, together with several historic buildings associated with his life. In addition, the Commission allocated funds to purchase land adjacent to the old cemetery where Sam Houston is buried, and to repair the "Steamboat House" and remove it to the Sam Houston Shrine.

The Houston Shrine is a part of the campus of Sam Houston State University, and is operated by the University. It is located at the corner of Sam Houston Avenue and 19th Street in Huntsville. http://www.shsu.edu/~smm_www/

© Sarah Reveley

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Huntsville Tx - Sam Houston Memorial Museum
Sam Houston Memorial Museum
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2010


Huntsville Tx - Sam Houston Memorial Museum 1936 Plaque
Sam Houston Memorial Museum 1936 Plaque
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2010
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Huntsville Tx - Sam Houston Memorial Museum Inscription
"President Houston's Message to the Congress of the Republic of Texas December 20, 1841"
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2010


Huntsville Tx - Sam Houston Memorial Museum Inscription
Sam Houston Memorial Museum Inscription
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2010


Huntsville Tx - Sam Houston Memorial Museum pond
Pond on the museum grounds
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2010


Huntsville Tx - Sam Houston Memorial Museum sign
Museum hours
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2010


Huntsville TX Sam Houston Memorial Museum
Sam Houston Memorial Museum night view
Photo courtesy Tony Cannata


Sam Houston Memorial Museum Huntsville TX  old photo
From "Monuments Commemorating the Centenary of Texas Independence", State of Texas, 1938.
Courtesy Sarah Reveley

Sarah Reveley

Author's Note:
As you continue along the Centennial trail, it is pretty obvious that my best descriptions are the ones of the museums I have seen myself. So, if you have been to any of these, please tell us about it! Please email Sarah Reveley. - Sarah Reveley



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