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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  • A small park is located close to the skyscrapers of downtown Houston. There is a pond, a lawn with trees, a gazebo and a few historic buildings, which are conducting a tour ($ 15). Cognitive tour, including there's a house in which lived the founder of Rice University. These houses were transported to different locations in the Park.
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  • Nice place for a little walk on a pleasant day. Also the site of various festivals. A bit difficult to find parking, but if you're already downtown worth a visit.  more »
  • Sam Houston Park is a location driven by for years with a desire for a visit. During a recent photowalk in the park this changed this year. What a delightful and relaxing stroll this park is. Full of ...  more »
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  • Houston had a hidden gem, excellent spot and we found both the old buildings and the local squirrel to be very lovely. It has a selection of historic buildings set on a lovely park where you can wonder around freely and enjoy. The location is very close to town making it excellent
  • Never going back. A seagul peed on me I didn’t even know birds could pee. Very upset and called the cops but they couldn’t find me. But besides that a nice park, bring your kids and Wife, don’t stay there late because seagulls like to pee on people
  • Visited on a Sunday morning so the visitors center and historical homes were not open but it is well-maintained, clean and peaceful. Lots of shade for throwing down a blanket and reading the Sunday paper. It easily connects to the walking paths on Allen Parkway so its easy to bike or walk here.
  • Beautiful park "dedicated to the history and culture of Houston", taking that into context, this park is a outdoors museum, there isn't a better place for the monument of "the spirit of the confederacy" I don't understand why these hate groups want to remove it when it is already in a museum, surrounded by historic structures of Houston. It was designed by a Italian sculptor who worked in Washington D.C., he also designed the Galveston Texas Heroes Monument. Let's not remove a piece of art, when it is already in a museum.
  • Beautiful little park in downtown Houston. Interesting old buildings. An oasis in the city. Nice museum store.

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