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 Christmas tree is up, the garlands are hanging, and the candles are battery-powered at the Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site this holiday season. Join us on December 7, 2023, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. as we have our annual Holiday Open House...
Deck the halls with festive cheer with the Sam Rayburn House’s December Hands on History! Join us from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 9th to learn how to turn basic paper, glue, and string into creative holiday ornaments! The Hands on History...
From the Blog
By Margo McCutcheon, Educator/Interpreter, Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site
Sam “Mr. Sam” Rayburn, the longest serving Speaker of the House in American history, was not known for having a full head of hair throughout most of his life. Yet, we have several brushes and combs in our artifact collection at the Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site. Why?
Well, Mr. Sam had...
By Andrew Fitzgerald, Education Intern, Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site
No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle. —Winston Churchill
Few items are more important for a cowboy than his saddle. A quality saddle immediately assures greater comfort for both horse and rider on long journeys; it has also been proven that a properly crafted and fitted saddle is...
By Margo McCutcheon, Educator, Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site
Some people have china cabinets that they use to display their fine china or other dinnerware. Maybe they collect the china they display, or perhaps the china was a family heirloom. Whatever the reason may be, that single china cabinet might be all a person needs to show off the things that they love.
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