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    Sam Houston's Woodland Home

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Mar 2, 2005

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    The Sam Houston Memorial Museum complex is built on a portion of the former Houston farm and features the Woodland Home, built by Sam and Margaret Houston in 1848, and occupied by them during much of the time he spent in the U.S. Senate, after Texas became the 28th state. Four of Houston's eight children were born here. Houston moved from this house when he was elected governor of Texas.

    The home is a simple log cabin with whitewashed board siding. It was made in the traditional "dog-trot" style which allowed a cooling breeze to flow through the center. Dogs, cats, chickens and children also ran through the opening.

    Woodland home is open for self -guided tours. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.

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    Tues. - Sat: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Sun: 12 noon - 4:30 p.m.
    Closed Mondays and Holidays

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    Gibbs Brothers

    by Ekahau Updated May 20, 2007

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    The oldest continuous business in the state is the Huntsville firm of Gibbs Brothers and Company. In August, 1841, Thomas Gibbs a merchant traveling from the estates of the American South, arrived in the Republic of Texas and opened a small frontier general mercantile in the recently-established settlement of Huntsville. From that date to the present, members of the Gibbs family residing in Walker County have operated their business interests from the same location across from the courthouse square. For nearly a century the Gibbs Family have devoted their energies to amassing large holdings in land and timber in Walker and adjacent counties.

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    Walker County Museum

    by Basaic Written Jun 15, 2013

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    The Walker County Museum began in 1984 and preserves the history of this important area of Texas where Sam Houston lived and worked and where some of the pivotal points in Texan History occurred. In addition to the interesting displays, the house itself is quite interesting. The museum is located in the old Gibbs-Powell House built in 1862 by early Huntsville businessman Thomas Gibbs using the Greek Revival style of architecture. The home was a center of social ife in the town and Sam Houston was a frequent visitor. The home was later owned by Judge and Mrs. Ben Powell who strove to keep the house in original condition. The museum is open 12 PM to 4 PM Firday and Saturday or by appointment. Admission is $3 for adults and free for kids.

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    Wynne Home Arts Center

    by Basaic Written Jun 15, 2013

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    The Wynne Home was built by Gustavus Wynne and his wife Samuella Gibbs in 1883 using the Queen Anne style of architecture. In 1917, they expanded the house considerably using the Classical Revival style of architecture. The home stayed in the family for many years until it was donated to the City of Huntsville in 1998 for use as a cultural arts center. Today there is art on diosplay and they have art classes. Hours are 10 AM to 6 PM Tueasday through Friday and 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday.

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    Veterans Memorials

    by Basaic Written Jun 15, 2013

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    There are two veterans memorials located on the courthouse square. One honors all US Veterans and one is specifically for Confederate Veterans. I feel it is important to remember the contributions out veterand made to our freedom and way of life.

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    Visit Sam Houston's Grave

    by grandmaR Updated Oct 28, 2006

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    Sam Houston died Jul. 26, 1863, and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery. He chose the location for his grave across the street from where the Steamboat House once stood.

    He was born in VA Mar. 2, 1793, and he was Texas Republic Army General, Texas Republic President, Tennessee Governor, and Texas Governor. He is best remembered as the General who defeated the Mexicans to win Texas independence. The city of Houston, TX, is named in his honor, as is an Army fort in San Antonio, TX.

    When he was 13 his family moved to TN. He ran away and lived with the Cherokee Indians for three years until he was 18. When war broke out between the settlers and the Creek Indians, he enlisted in Andrew Jackson's Army, and he formed a lifelong friendship with Jackson. He was severely wounded. In 1823, he was elected to Congress and then four years later, he was elected as Governor of Tennessee. While he was governor, he married Eliza Allen.

    In 1829, his wife left him, and he resigned as Governor. For the next 6 years he lived with Cherokee Indians in the Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). In 1930, he took a Cherokee wife, Tiana Rogers, and adopted Cherokee citizenship.

    He moved to Texas and helped form a militia. As the elected head of the TX Army, he won the Battle of San Jacinto (April 1836), captured General Santa Anna, and forced the Mexicans to give Texas their independence. In October 1836, he was elected the first President of the Republic of Texas, and served two terms (1836 - 1838 and 1841 - 1844) Between terms, in 1840, Houston married Margaret Lea in Alabama. She persuaded him to stop drinking, for which he had a sizeable reputation, and to join the Baptist church. They had eight children.

    In 1845, he worked to have Texas admitted to the United States, and from 1846 to 1859, he served as US Senator from Texas. He ran for governor of Texas on an anti-secession platform and won. But in 1861, the Texas congress voted to secede, over Governor Houston's opposition.

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    HEARTS Veterans Museum of Texas

    by Basaic Written Apr 2, 2013

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    Huntsville also has an excellent veterans museum with a number of items and pieces of equipment on display outside. I definitely recognized the helicopters and the Jeep. I like the eagle too. Hours for the museum are 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for veterans, and $2 for students.

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    HEARTS Veterans Museum Indoor Displays

    by Basaic Written Apr 2, 2013

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    The veterans museum houses a number of displays inside, too. This is a big museum. They have displays covering all the conflicts and wars from the American Revolution through today (let's hope there will not be any more wars to add). The displays have interesting artwork, equipment displays and other items to help tell the stories. They have special rooms for some parts of the story like the Holocaust.

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    Roberts Farris Cabin

    by Basaic Written Jun 15, 2013

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    This cabin was built on the outskirts of town in the 1840s by Allen Roberts, stepson of San Jacinto veteran Hezekiah Farris. The cabin remained in the possession of the family for six generations until it was donated to the city in 2001, and moved to the Courthouse Square in 2002. It is a fine example of the early style pionner cabin used in the area in the earliest days of the Republic of Texas, and is open to the public. Hours are 10 AM to 2 PM Thursday through Saturday. It is now called the "Cabin on the Square".

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    Look for Antiques

    by Basaic Written Jun 15, 2013

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    There is a row of buildings of historical and/or architectural interest across from the courthouse square that will be of interest to another group of people antiquers. These buildings are full of antique shops helping make Huntsville an area destination for those seeking old things at good prices.

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    Huntsville Historic District

    by Basaic Written Jun 15, 2013

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    Huntsvile's place in Texas History gives it a very nice historic district with several buildings of historical and/or architectural interest, a few of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One of my favorites was probably the Henry Opera House built in 1880. It was a business on the first floor and a theatre and opera house on the second.

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    Veterans Memorials

    by Basaic Updated Jun 6, 2013

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    The HEART Veterans Museum also had a couple of memorials to the nation's veterans, one large and elaborate and the second very simple but no less touching. I stop at all the veterans memorials I see since I served for so long, and feel it is very important to remember the contributions of our veterans to our freedom and way of life.

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    The Plaque

    by keeweechic Updated Oct 27, 2003

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    The Statue was started in 1992 and created out of 30 tons of concrete and steel. Five layers of concrete was laid over steel mesh attached to a welded steel frame work.

    You don’t even need to pull off the freeway to see it – it is visible for 6 miles towering amongst the trees. It is the highest point between Houston and Dallas. This plaque is at the foot of the Statue.

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    Sam Houston

    by keeweechic Updated Jul 18, 2003

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    Wandering down a tree lined path you will come across the face of Sam Houston. I wasn’t expecting it and it scared the hell out of me. Sam Houston twice President of Texas, a U.S. senator for Texas as well as being a military hero. He had quite a colourful past, born in Virginia in 1792, reared in Tennessee by his widowed mother and as a youth spent a lot of time with Cherokee Indians and therefore developing close times with them. He joined the army and served under Andrew Jackson in the Creek wars (1813-14). In 1818, after resigning his commission and studying law for a few months he was elected attorney general for Nashville. He served two terms in Congress (1823-27) and in 1827 was elected governor of Tennessee.

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    Shop downtown

    by sue&gene Written Jan 16, 2006

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    The downtown area of Huntsville - around the city square - is a nice place to shop and step back in time. There are several antique shops. I also visited a nice fabric shop. There are several plaques on the building telling about the building or some facts about the happenings around the area. A corner was identified as being a place where Sam Houston would sit and whittle.

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