The Texas Historical Association's historic house museums represent Texas’ diverse landscape and architectural heritage. Experience how Texans lived over the past 175 years in modest homes, comfortable residences, and opulent estates.
Call ahead to book guided or self-guided tours at several THC state historic sites. Reservations are recommended due to limited capacity.
Starr Family Home
Nestled in the heart of Marshall’s museums and cultural activities, Starr Family Home State Historic Site is composed of several elegant structures that map the 150-year history of the Starr family in Texas. Period furnishings, clothing, and antiques trace the transition of the buildings through four generations of the Starr family in Texas history.
The Starr Family Home at 812 407 West Travis St. in Marshall, Texas, is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Call (903)785-5716 or click HERE to visit the museum's webpage.
Sam Bell Maxey House
Sam Bell Maxey House in Paris chronicles the challenging legacy of Reconstruction. Maxey was a Mexican War veteran, former Confederate general, and future U.S. Senator when his family moved into their fashionable, newly built home on the south side of Paris in 1868.
In this home, the Maxey family navigated the political and social landscape from Reconstruction Era Texas through the start of the First World War.
The home’s newly restored interiors showcase original family furnishings, clothing, and letters. These give insight into the lives of the three generations of the family that bore witness to Reconstruction’s challenging legacy.
The Sam Bell Maxey House at 812 S. Church St. in Paris, Texas, is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Call 903-785-5716 or click HERE to visit the museum's webpage.
Sam Rayburn House
The Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site in Bonham, Texas, was home of one of the most powerful and influential politicians of the 20th century. Rayburn served in the U.S. Congress for 48 years, holding the position of speaker for 17 years.
The 1916 home, now the Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site, preserves the speaker's real stories with original furnishings, candid photographs, and personal belongings, remaining as they were when he lived here. Visitors explore Rayburn’s personal life and political achievements and their impact on mid-20th-century history.
The Sam Rayburn House is a National Historic Landmark, a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Sam Rayburn House at 890 W. State Hwy. 56 in Bonham, Texas, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Call (903) 583-5558 for information or click HERE to visit the webpage.
Another popular historic site is the Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site at 609 S. Lamar Ave. in Denison, Texas, which is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Call (903) 465-8908 or click HERE to visit the museum's webpage.
Here are links to information about more fabulous historic homes you can find in the Upper East Side of Texas:
Denison: Eisenhower Birthplace Historic Site
Henderson: Howard-Dickinson House Museum
Nacogdoches: Victorian Homes and Churches by Diedrich Rulfs
Texarkana: Ace of Clubs House
Tyler: Goodman-LeGrand House