Huntsville in Walker County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Woodland, Home of Sam Houston
(1793 - 1863)
In his eventful career, Houston had resided in Nacogdoches, Liberty, Houston, and Austin. He and his wife Margaret (Lea) built this house, "Woodland", in 1847 to provide themselves with a town place. With enthusiasm, he wrote to a friend that the new home was a "bang up place!" and that the climate was "said to be healthy".
Houston and his wife lived at Woodland while he was a U.S. Senator, 1846-1859, perhaps the happiest and most prosperous years of his life. Four of their eight children were born here.
The house was built in a style common to the South at the time: squared logs covered with hand-hewn, whitewashed boards. The detached kitchen and law office were built of unfinished, squared logs.
In 1859 Houston was elected governor but, although opposed to secession, he could not keep Texas from joining the Confederacy in 1861. Deposed from office, he returned to his second Huntsville home, called the "Steamboat
Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 8482.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • War, Texas Independence • War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1836.
Location. 30° 42.908′ N, 95° 33.173′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Texas, in Walker County. Marker can be reached from 19th Street near Avenue M. On the Sam Houston Memorial Museum and Education Center grounds (in front of Sam Houston home. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1302 19th Street, Huntsville TX 77341, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Margaret Moffette Lea Houston (here, next to this marker); Roberts-Farris Log Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Law Office (Sam Houston) (within shouting distance of this marker); Joshua's Forge (within shouting distance of this marker); Steamboat House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Austin College Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Main Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Peabody Library Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
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