Make your way to El Paso to find another state treasure, the Magoffin Home. Delve into the lives of a prestigious multicultural family with roots deeply planted in U.S. expansion, settlement, military service, and trade ties on the Santa Fe-Chihuahua Trail.
Magoffin family members lived in the home for more than 100 years, many of whom served in multiple wars stretched across time, including the Mexican American War, the American Civil War, the Spanish American War, the Perishing Expedition, and both World Wars.
This multi-wing Southwest borderlands home was built in 1875 featuring adobe construction with glimpses of Greek Revival, a classic example of Territorial style architecture.
Other prominent features include the milled wood beams brought by wagon from the Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico, tongue and groove wood floors laid directly on the ground, and décor including popular items from the 1890s to the 1930s.
Sam Bell Maxey House
Discover fascinating new insights about the prominent Reconstruction Era in Paris, Texas, by meandering through the Italian villa-inspired Sam Bell Maxey House, built in 1868.
Once owned by United States Senator, Mexican War Veteran, and former Confederate General Sam Bell Maxey, along with his wife Marilda Cass Denton, the home showcases their strong ties to the political and social landscape of the era.
Browse through their delicately restored keepsakes, daily ware, and letters. Architecturally diverse, this intricately designed home features elongated, hooded windows, a portico, open porches, lavish details, elaborate carvings, and other distinctly stylistic embellishments reminiscent of the Victorian era.
Beyond its architectural appeal, the three generations of family experiencing the climate of changes from the Reconstruction Era into the start of the First World War share intimate details about this period in Texas history.
Sam Rayburn House
If prestigious Texas politicians who influenced major U.S. decisions sparks your interest, head to the Sam Rayburn House for an in-depth and intimate glimpse into the life of U.S. House Representatives Speaker, Sam Rayburn.
Rayburn was elected at 24 years old in 1906 and continued to serve in the U.S. Congress for 48 years, with 17 terms as Speaker of the House.
Architecturally, this two-story clapboard home sits on 121 acres of surrounding farmland including cotton, corn, sorghum crops, and pastures for cattle.
At the time of its construction, problems with amenities presented challenges, including issues with running water due to well proximity and the need to pay electric companies to run electric lines and erect poles to supply power to it.
Located in Bonham, this historic home is a testimonial to the legacy of a powerful politician in the 20th century, maintaining his real accounts through personal photographs, cherished belongings, and original furnishings.