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.
On September 21, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site, will welcome visitors to our annual Farming Heritage Day, a free event which celebrates this northeast Texas family farm of the mid-20th century with...
Please join us for Storytime with Dan the Donkey at our barn on the third Thursday of the month beginning on September 19, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. We will feature a selection of children’s picture books for the enjoyment of children 3-...
Join us for our Archeology Day Open House with free tours of the Rayburn family home every 30 minutes and outside activities for the children.
From the Blog
By Anne Ruppert, Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site
Christmas at Sam Rayburn’s house this year felt a little bit like it did 100 years ago.
2018 marked the centennial anniversary of the signing of the Armistice (November 11, 1918) which effectively ended World War I. On Saturday, December 8 the Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site continued its look back at the war...
By Andy Rhodes, Managing Editor, The Medallion
There isn’t much material evidence of World War I in Texas. There are former training airfields, museums with weaponry exhibits, and parks containing honorary memorials, but travelers need to dig a little deeper to find a truly meaningful experience. In fact, the Great War’s Lone Star legacy is most poignant in the real stories...
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),...
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