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Sam Houston Park, Houston

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4.3/5 based on 35 reviews on the web
Sam Houston Park is an urban park located in downtown Houston, Texas, USA, dedicated to the buildings and culture of Houston's past. The park, which was the first to be established in the city, was developed on land purchased by former Mayor Sam Brashier in 1900.HistoryMayor Brashear appointed Houston’s first park committee to oversee the establishment of a city park in 1899. The 20acre chosen for the park was landscaped into a Victorian-styled village, with footpaths leading past an old mill and across a bridge that traversed a small stream. The park also included a 52-year-old house that had long been used as a school.The Heritage SocietyThe Heritage Society was founded by Houstonians Faith Bybee, Harvin Moore and Marie Phelps in 1954, and Sam Houston Park has been its home ever since.The purpose of the Society is to preserve the history of the community and region through preservation and restoration of historic structures, exhibition of historical artifacts, and presentation of educational programs which focus on Houston and Harris County's diverse past, and its relationship to the present and future.Also located in Sam Houston Park, at the corner of Bagby and Lamar Streets, is a small museum, the Heritage Society Museum, which is dedicated to preserving Houston's history.Historic homesSeveral historic homes are located in the park. The buildings are representative of many eras, from a pre-Texas revolution cabin to an 1891 church built by German and Swiss immigrants, including the Kellum-Noble House, Houston's oldest brick dwelling, which was built by Nathaniel Kellum in 1847. Guided tours of the restored buildings are available from the Heritage Society.
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  • This park in the center of Houston is located in front of the skyline of skyscrapers. There you can see houses from the 19th century. Absolutely beautiful old building in a new environment. Admission is free, and you're best on foot. Conclusion: one should look at times past most definitely!
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  • It is a natural park, to rest an encuebtro with the nature and history of a walk through the tunnels
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  • Houston is very modern and does not seem to have a central downtown area. Sam Houston Park is in the middle of town and provides a lovely green space and historic houses that give the city a central b...  read more »
  • Ive lived here all my life and stumbled upon this beautiful park today. It is now my favorite park in Houston. So much history and also a great place to get some piece of mind.
  • Wonderful park, great place to have a morning stroll or just a time to relax from all the city stress.
  • Beautiful place if you love history!
  • Wonderful park with historic architecture, definitely worth trying to visit one of the tours since the interiors of the buildings are nicely decorated with period furniture. Had the opportunity of entering the chapel where we heard more about the history of the park and some of the details behind the buildings.
  • Love how history is incorporated into the park. A really nice place for the family.
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