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.
The 2018 Cemetery Walking Tour of Willow Wild Cemetery in Bonham will be held on Saturday, October 27 at 10 a.m. Explore the graves of World War I veterans and learn of their activities during the "Great War." Refreshments served. The tour is...
Celebrate Texas Archeology Month at the Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site on Saturday, October 27 from 1--3 p.m. View archeological collections recovered from the grounds of the Sam Rayburn House during a dig in 1977. Admission is free.
Get into the holiday spirit at the Sam Rayburn House by joining us for the annual Holiday Open House. Come see "Mr. Sam's" home decorated for the holidays, enjoy tasty treats, and kids can take part in a craft activity. Tours on the hour and half...
From the Blog
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.
By Cortney Smith, Intern, Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site
With Bonham’s annual Quilt Hop fast approaching, we are putting a spotlight on a quilt we have here at the Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site—the Wholecloth “Boudoir” Quilt. Handmade from rayon satin and beautifully designed in the reversible pastel colors of light green and light peach, it is a great example of the...
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