Step into the warm and welcoming world of one of Texas’ best known statesmen, Sam Rayburn. One of the most powerful and influential politicians in the 20th century, Rayburn served in the U.S. Congress for 48 years, holding the position of speaker for 17 years. His 1916 home, now the Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site, preserves his 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 home is a National Historic Landmark, a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
From the Blog
By Andy Rhodes, Managing Editor, The Medallion
There isn’t much material evidence of World War I in Texas. There are former training airfields, museums with weaponry exhibits, and parks containing honorary memorials, but travelers need to dig a little deeper to find a truly meaningful experience. In fact, the Great War’s Lone Star legacy is most poignant in the real stories...
By Lois Bronaugh, Intern, Sam Rayburn State Historic Site
For many, August is a month of change: summer is ending, autumn is beginning, school is starting, and leaves are falling. 119 years ago this month, two people in North Texas added yet another significant change to the season—marriage!
These two individuals, W.A. Thomas and Katherine Rayburn (Thomas),...
By Anne Ruppert, Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site
The annual Bonham Quilt Hop returned to “Mr. Sam’s” home on Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28. Visitors viewed the circa 1825-1935 collection of Rayburn family quilts during guided tours of the home. A collection of quilts on loan from the Winedale Quilt Collection made up the display inside the site’s visitor center.
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