Fun Facts

  • The Sam Rayburn House Museum artifact collection includes a landscape painting of bluebonnets by Texas artist, Porfirio Salinas.
  • The Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site has over 10,000 artifacts in its collection, the majority of which are site-associated, making it one of the state sites with the most artifacts.
  • Family members lived in the Sam Bell Maxey House continually for 99 years. No other family has ever lived in this house.
  • The Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site has an active letter transcription program that site volunteers assist staff with. The current program, an expansion of the site’s old program which now allows staff to email letters to volunteers for transcription, was developed by a site intern. Through the new program, the site has been able to get transcribers from areas outside of Paris, Texas.
  • In September 2012, over 200 fourth graders from Fulton Elementary School were the first student group to visit the Fulton Mansion’s Education and History Center and experience the interactive exhibits.
  • The Junior Docents (7th-12th grade) donated 255 hours of their time working at the Starr Family Home site in 2012.
  • Since the Magoffin Home reopened in May 2012 after an extensive preservation project, 3387 people have visited the site.
  • Magoffin family members and their descendants lived in the Magoffin Home for 109 years.
  • The Magoffin Home has an archive with documents dating from the 1830s to the 1970s. It is used by researchers throughout the borderlands.
  • The 9-foot-tall statue of General Eisenhower at the Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site was the first of five such statues created by Robert Dean, a 1953 graduate of the US Military Academy. The others stand at West Point; Abilene, Kansas; across from the US embassy in London; and at Normandy.