890 W. State Hwy. 56
Bonham, TX 75418
GPS: N33° 34' 10" W96° 12' 27"
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.
Each fall, the Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site hosts a walking tour of Willow Wild Cemetery in Bonham, Texas. However, this year we will not present an in-person tour. Instead, we invite you to join us online for a virtual visit to this...
From the Blog
October is Texas Archeology Month, the time we celebrate the science and history of past cultures. But what is archeology? A traditional definition of archeology is the scientific study of material remains of past human life and activities. When we think of archeology, we often picture ancient civilizations that left little to no written record of their history. But there is an entire...
On the 75th anniversary of the Japanese surrender and the end of World War II, the Texas Historical Commission highlighted the leadership of four individuals with ties to Texas who helped bring about victory.
This presentation focuses on those four leaders and their contributions to the largest mobilization of American military and economic resources in the nation’s history....
By Kathy Lathen Educator/Interpreter Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site
Born: January 22, 1891 in Flag Springs, Texas
Died: July 22, 1914 of typhoid fever in Bonham, Texas
Abner Rayburn was the youngest of William and Martha Rayburn’s 11 children. Favored by his big brother, Sam, Abner aspired to work alongside the congressman, but fell ill and died before...
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