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.
Join us for a tour of historic Willow Wild Cemetery on Saturday, October 28 at 10:00 a.m. We will meet at Sam Rayburn's grave near the entrance gates to Willow Wild. Refreshments available. The event is free and everyone is welcome.
Celebrate Texas Archeology Month with us at the Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site. View archeological materials uncovered at the Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site during an excavation of the property in 1977. We will provide free tours of...
From the Blog
By John Haynes, Intern, Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site
The quilting work on this piece is one of considerably high quality. It was probably a display piece or the cover on a bed—most likely the latter due to the extremely thick batting for warmth. This quilt shows classic complex “Nine Block” and irregular Baptist Fan stitching patterns. The Nine Block pattern employs nine half...
By Anne Ruppert, Curator, Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site
Medibel Rayburn Bartley was born on December 18, 1879. She, along with her parents, seven brothers, and two sisters, moved from their home in Roane County, Tenn. in 1887 to Flag Springs, Texas. In 1902 at age 23, Medibel married Samuel Edward Bartley of Ladonia, who was 22 at the time.
The Bartleys made their home...
By Anne Ruppert, Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site
On April 1, staff and visitors of the Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site had two great reasons to celebrate.
The date marked the 42nd anniversary of the site, which originally opened to the public on April 1, 1975. Lady Bird Johnson and former Speaker of the House John McCormack, who were both friends with Sam Rayburn,...
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