This museum complex is situated on 15 acres of the original farm of over 200 acres owned by General Sam Houston and his family from 1847-1858. Situated among the site’s natural woodlands and landscape spaces are 10 buildings including historic structures and the museum itself, a rotunda with three wings housing the principal permanent collection. The collection, an extensive heritage of 5,000 objects, artifacts, manuscripts and letters, including those of both Sam and Margaret Houston, are all archived within the museum. Among the historic buildings visitors may tour are the log cabin, home of Houston and his family of eight children, and the unusual Steamboat House, rented by the Houstons in the early 1860s and later moved to the historic site in 1936. Houston spent his final few years here, dying in the architecturally unique house. Just beyond the parlor where his body lay in preparation for the funeral, visitors may visit his one-room log law office where discussions integral to the future of Texas took place.
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