A Teacher Before A Speaker - Walking Tour of Willow Wild Cemetery

Oct 29 2022 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Willow Wild Cemetery

1220 W. 7th Street
Bonham, TX 75418

When Sam Rayburn paused his studies at East Texas Normal School (now Texas A&M Commerce) in 1901, he wanted to earn money to pay for his education rather than go into debt. So, he earned a teaching certificate and taught at schools in Hunt County, Texas, until he had earned enough to return to school. After graduating in 1903, Rayburn became a teacher in the Fannin County area. An oral history with one of his students at the Dial school recalled a field trip where students sat by a fire in the woods and the boys went possum hunting.

The Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site invites you to join us on Saturday, October 29th for our fourteenth annual walking tour of Willow Wild Cemetery in Bonham, Texas. The program will offer a guided tour featuring teachers and educators from the Bonham area. After the guided tour, feel free to explore a self-guided tour of influential Bonhamites highlighted on past tours.

The walking tour is free. Those who would like to attend are invited to meet Texas Historical Commission staff at Sam Rayburn's grave near the front entrance of Willow Wild Cemetery, located at 1220 W. 7th St. in Bonham. The guided tour will begin at 10 am, and staff will remain on site until noon to provide maps and directions for the self-guided tour and to answer questions. Bring your smartphone to utilize our QR codes or be sure to pick up a guide when you check in. Please be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.

The Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site tells the real story of Sam Rayburn, one of the most powerful and influential politicians of the 20th century, in his authentic 1916 home. Preserved as a period time capsule, the two-story home contains all original Rayburn furnishings and housewares. The Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site is one of 34 historic attractions operated by the Texas Historical Commission. For more information, visit www.VisitSamRayburnHouse.com or call 903.583.5558.