Near Lexington in Rockbridge County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Birthplace of Sam Houston
Sam Houston twice served as President of the Republic of Texas. Later, after Texas became part of the United States of America, he served as U.S. Senator and as Governor. He died at his home in Huntsville, Texas, on July 26, 1863, during the Civil War, a struggle he bitterly opposed.
An able general, a strong political leader, and a friend to the Cherokee Indians who knew him as “The Raven”, Sam Houston represented the true spirit of his native Virginia and his adopted states of Tennessee and Texas.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • War, Texas Independence • War, US Civil.
Location. 37° 50.578′ N, 79° 21.556′ W. Marker is near Lexington, Virginia, in Rockbridge County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Sam Houston Way (Virginia Route 785) and North Lee Highway (U.S. 11), on the right when traveling north. This marker is located in the Sam Houston Wayside. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lexington VA 24450, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Birthplace of Sam Houston (a few steps from this marker); Liberty Hall Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); Timber Ridge Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Red House and the McDowell Family (approx. 3.2 miles away); Dr. Ephraim McDowell (approx. 3.2 miles away); McDowell's Grave (approx. 3.2 miles away); Cherry Grove Estate (approx. 3.9 miles away); Jordan’s Point (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
More about this marker. The small plaque at the bottom reads, "This monument, erected September 11, 1986, replaces the original, erected June 11, 1922. Both were donated by the Kiwanis Clubs of Houston, TX, and Lexington, VA." The fence surrounding the 38,000 pound piece of Texas pink granite, was donated by the Sam Houston Ruritan Club in 1986.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,118 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.