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.
Sam Rayburn worked with some of the most powerful and important people in recent American history, but his close contact with the American elite never lured him from his home in Bonham, Texas. His roots remained firmly with his family and the...
From the Blog
By Margo McCutcheon, Site Educator, Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site
Martha “Mat” Clementine Waller married a man named William Marion Rayburn on May 14, 1868. With that marriage, the Waller became a Rayburn, but what happened to the Waller name? Although Martha didn’t really “lose” her maiden name, she and many other women throughout time who descended from Anglo-Saxon...
On Thursday, July 22, the Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History’s Sam Rayburn Museum in Bonham teamed up for an in-depth webinar exploring the life and career of one of the most influential Americans in the 20th century.
This was the first in a new series delving into specific facets of Sam Rayburn’s personal life and political...
By Stephanie Hardin, Intern, Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site
One frustrating part of history is the amount of conflicting points of view and narratives. Fortunately, modern material artifacts typically do not have this problem. The Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site is very fortunate that many of the artifacts in the collection have one origin point.
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