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 House", where he died in 1863.
Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 8482.)
Location. Touch for map. On the Sam Houston Memorial Museum and Education Center grounds (in front of Sam Houston home. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1302 19th Street, Huntsville TX 77341, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Margaret Moffette Lea Houston (here, next to this marker); Law Office (Sam Houston) (a few steps from 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); The Presidents Tree (approx. ¼ mile away); Henry Opera House (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
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