Texas History Comes to Life in Huntsville

Sam Houston, the city of Houston’s namesake at the Republic of Texas’ first (and third) President, left a large legacy in the great state of Texas. Born in Virginia in 1793, Sam Houston settled in Texas in 1832. He led the Texas Army to victory at the Battle of San Jacinto, a pivotal battle in Texas’ fight for independence from Mexico. Before his death in 1863, Sam Houston served as the 7th governor of Texas and did so much to ensure a bright future for his beloved Texas. Today it is easy for visitors from Texas and beyond to explore what life was like for Sam Houston and his family in Texas almost 200 years ago. Visitors to the Houston area can take a drive north up I45 to Huntsville and snap photos at the enormous statue of Sam Houston along the interstate. But visitors can do so much more than stare up at this large tribute – they can engage with Texas history by learning more about this pivotal era in Texas’ storied history.

Visit the Sam Houston Memorial Museum and Republic of Texas Presidential Library 

Celebrate the life of one of Texas’ greatest heroes by exploring 15 acres of his original Texas homestead. The Sam Houston Memorial Museum in Huntsville features multiple cabins, Sam Houston’s law office, a museum store, a steamboat house where Sam Houson uttered his last words and more. Visitors will especially love the rotunda, a distinctive building that contains Sam Houston’s artifacts and paints a vivid picture of what the fight for Texas Independence was like for Sam Houston and his fellow soldiers. 

Enjoy live demonstrations and other themed events on the grounds

The museum offers up programming throughout the year to help bring history to life for visitors. During the summer months, visitors can participate in “Spotlight Saturdays” where they can view different demonstrations that help teach visitors about life in the early 19th Century. Visitors can view demonstrations on everything from food preparation to sewing and the schedule changes every Saturday. The museum features events that change seasonally, so be sure to check the website to find out what is offered during your visit. 

Go in depth with a guided tour to enhance your experience 

The facility offers tours for groups large and small so guests can truly immerse themselves in the experience offered at Sam Houston’s homestead. Tours are aimed toward school or Scout groups as well as seniors to give them an immersive experience where they can learn from interpreters dressed in period clothing. See the website for more details about booking these tours, which cost $4 per person.

After you’ve enjoyed the grounds and learned about Texas history, be sure and stop by the Sam Houston statue, which was built in 1993. You can learn more information about the Sam Houston statue here

Lodging near Huntsville, Texas

After you spend time learning about the history of the great state of Texas, you’ll want a spot to rest and relax. For that, you’ll want Woodland Lakes RV Park in Conroe, Texas. This gorgeous and quiet RV Parks has stocked ponds for fishing, an exercise facility, clean bathrooms and showers and more. It is an easy drive to shopping and dining in The Woodlands and, of course, the Sam Houston Museum. You’re also just a short drive from Houston and all that hustle and bustle that the South’s biggest city has to offer. Book a stay, learn about Texas history and then enjoy greater Houston. Happy travels! 


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