Sam Houston Memorial Museum
This museum honors the life and legacy of Sam Houston (1793-1863), one of the country's most notable historical figures of the 19th century. The museum features historical buildings, including the house in which Houston and his family lived from 1847-1859, and the modern museum exhibit building. Other individuals and events surrounding the establishment of the Republic of Texas and its eventual annexation by the United States are also explored here. In addition to viewing the museum's exhibits, visitors can participate in various hands-on activities led by staff dressed in period clothing. The Sam Houston House was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974.
Backstory and Context
As calls secession in the South increased in the 1850s, Houston was the only southern senator to oppose it. When the Texas legislature voted to secede, Houston refused to recognize the decision and was forced out of office. He died in Huntsville in 1863.
Levy, Benjamin. "Sam Houston House; Woodland." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. May 30, 1974. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/b02d7cb7-8309-4f43-818c-c849d1896bbb.
Photo of Sam Houston House: Pma03, via Wikimedia Commons