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Huntsville: Sam Houston's Homes by John Wells

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John Wells John Wells
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0.68 Gigapixels
Date added
Feb 17, 2009
Date taken
Feb 15, 2009

The Sam Houston Museum and park has several architectural exhibits, including both of Houston's Huntsville homes, his law office, and kitchen.

From the website www.shsu.edu/~smm_www/Tour Will open in a new tab or window/:1. The steamboat house: In the far left side of the panorama, the steamboat house was Houston's home after returning to Huntsville during the Civil War. As the intended resident refused to occupy the home, it was a squatter's pad until the Houston's arrived. Since Sam had opposed entry into the Confederacy, he lacked the resources or influence to buy back his old home so his family occupied the steamboat house.

2. Woodland Home: Houston's homestead from 1847 to 1859. It is a simple log cabin with a facade of wood siding. Two children's rooms upstairs, one bedroom downstairs, a family room, and dining room round out the structure. The rooms are all decorated with period furnishings and can be viewed from the doorway. Entry into each room is restricted by a plexiglass barrier that seals the doorframe.

3. Houston's law office: Used for his law practice. Entry was forbidden to women and children. Houston's personal slave Joshua was allowed in to clean.

4. Replica kitchen: Located on or near the site of the original and built with period tools. The kitchen is also furnished with period cooking utensils. You can't see it in the panorama, but the path between the kitchen and home was apparently called the "Whistle Walk," as slaves were sometimes required to whistle while carrying food so they couldn't chew stolen morsels.

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  1. John Wells

    John Wells (February 17, 2009, 08:54AM )

    That's cool. I'm like you stalking doppelgänger. Further weirdness: My wife works at Sam Houston and I have a shoot planned for the old Sam Houston later this spring. I want to do a 360 pano of their auditorium...

  2. Wupierto

    Wupierto (February 17, 2009, 08:27AM )

    Fascinating subjects! I viewed some of your other gigapan photos and relived my youth all the way to my present! I grew up in Conroe (Sam Houston/Armstrong Elementary), moved to the Woodlands, then Clearlake, where the entire Boliver and Galveston areas where my playground. I now live near Dallas, and am writing you from my office in “God’s Chair” (center building, 22nd floor). Wow.

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