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Sam Houston Park, Houston

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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 has many reconstructed historical buildings to wander around in a huge park Would have been nice to have been able to go inside to see more  more »
  • A lovely peaceful park right in the city - delightful. Early houses etc give an insight into the early years of Houston. A nice surprise (and not advertised enough) is a memorial to the loss of USS Ho...  more »
  • I'm not a history buff but I love historic homes and buildings. This is a must-see. Unfortunately I went on a Sunday and there were no guided tours. We were able to see the inside of one of the oldest...  more »
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  • I found this place by accident, and I'm glad I did. Absolutely stunning. I would have never imagined historic houses and buildings moved AND restored - to/in a park setting. I cannot wait to return and actually tour inside the finished houses. I looked in through the front door glass of one 19th century house in progress. Wow! Sooo exiting. Massive, mature trees in sync with pristine landscaping, is combined in a setting which I have never experienced. so unusual, so unique, so thoughtful. A narrated description of every house and building is a touch away on your cell phone. The narrative is available by simply dialing a number. Super smart. I look forward to my next visit.
  • This is such a wonderful park! It surprisingly has plenty of spots for bbq and secluded spacing to relax and spread out! I love the lake and hiking is possible if you want to go for some cardio exercise. There's also a farmhouse - great for children to be entertained at. It was an enjoyable day here to gather, eat and be merry at.
  • The ambiance here is pretty great, so clean and so fresh. I wish I can go back here some time.
  • Nice flat and sloped areas, surrounded by historical buildings.. Nice touch. Downtown traffic and parking are negatives
  • Small, but very pleasant in spite of that. Very nice atmosphere. I enjoyed the historic buildings and mature trees.