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Sam Houston's Woodland Home

North side of Sam Houston's Woodland Home, 1912. Built in 1847-1848, when Houston was serving as one of the first United States Senators from Texas and was spending more than half of each year in Washington, D.C. His wife Margaret Houston, wished to live near town, where she could have better access to medical care and the spiritual comfort of the First Baptist Church. The traditional-style, double-pen dog-run log cabin was home to the Houstons, and four of their eight children were born here. Houston is said to have designed the home his family occupied beginning in 1848 in Huntsville, and lived in periodically until it was sold in 1858, and that it resembled his Virginia birthplace. He referred to it as "our dear Woodland Home," but wrote to his wife that she was free to select "a better name."