Woodland, Home of Sam Houston

Woodland, Home of Sam Houston (HM50X)

Location: Huntsville, TX 77340 Walker County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 42.906', W 95° 33.173'

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(1793 - 1863)

General of the army which won the war for Texas Independence, 1836, and first President of the Republic, 1836-1838, Sam Houston was one of the most controversial and colorful figures in Texas history.

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.
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HM NumberHM50X
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Marker Number8482
Year Placed1968
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 5:49am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 255525 N 3400811
Decimal Degrees30.71510000, -95.55288333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 42.906', W 95° 33.173'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 42' 54.36" N, 95° 33' 10.38" W
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Area Code(s)409, 936
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1863 State Hwy 75, Huntsville TX 77340, US
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