Home of Sam Houston
Pack Your Bags and Stay the Night
Conveniently located between Houston & Dallas on I-45 South, Huntsville is a great get-a-way.
The Sam Houston Statue is number one on our list partly because it is a great start for a Huntsville tour – you can pick up area maps and brochures in the visitor center. The statue is one-of-a-kind, standing 77 feet tall constructed by artist David Adickes with 60 tons of concrete and steel.
Sam Houston Memorial Museum houses the largest collection of General Sam Houston artifacts and recently added a display depicting Margaret Lea Houston, the wife of Sam Houston. The museum is located on 15 acres of Houston’s original homestead where you can tour several buildings in a beautiful park and pond setting.
The Oakwood Cemetery, near downtown, is the final resting place of General Sam Houston, as well as many other people of historical prominence, including 123 confederate soldiers. Renowned Italian sculptor Pompeo Coppini carved Houston on his horse in gleaming white marble. It has an inscription by Andrew Jackson –“THE WORLD WILL TAKE CARE OF HOUSTON’S FAME”.
The Wynne Home Arts Center is on a picturesque 1.5 acre consists of four areas; Main gallery for exhibits, classroom instruction space; ceramics studio and kiln and a gift and souvenir shop. The Wynne Home also includes a visitor center to gather information for your stay in Huntsville and he cultural district.
The historic downtown square paints a picture of rich history. Tromp L’oeil Murals (trick the eye) on the downtown square are unique and extraordinary were created by world-renowned artist Richard Haas.
The Texas Prison Museum is located just off Interstate 45 North. Interesting artifacts – from inmate arts and crafts, confiscated weapons, photographs, models of prison units, and the infamous electric chair, Old Sparky, can be found here. Visitors also step inside a model of a typical prison cell. On the grounds of the museum is the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Monument and Sesquicentennial Plaza, a tribute to Texans who have made the prison system one of the world’s best throughout its 150-year history.
The Huntsville Walls Unit dates back to 1849 and housed such notables as Clyde Barrow, David Crosby, and John Wesley Hardin. The unit is the site of the death chamber where the State of Texas carries out every execution. It was featured in The Life of David Gale starring Kate Winslet and Kevin Spacey. Also on the tour is the old prison rodeo arena made famous in the 1980s movie Urban Cowboy.
The HEARTS Veterans Museum of Texas houses artifacts and wartime memorabilia from each of this nation’s contemporary wars. Designed as a living history museum, veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War, Desert Storm, Afghanistan, and every conflict in between, volunteer to share their stories and military history with visitors of all ages.
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Huntsville State Park is open year-round and allows camping and lake activities like kayaking and swimming. Hiking, biking and nature exploration are also popular activities at the park. With a lodge overlooking Lake Raven, this is the perfect location for that board retreat, wedding party or a family reunion.
Raven Nest Golf Course is a natural terrain, 18-hole course on par with the most expensive private clubs. Conveniently located on I-45 South the course blends into the rolling wooded landscape of Huntsville.
For more information on Huntsville visit our website by clicking the link below, or call 800-289-0389. The Convention & Visitors Bureau is available to assist you and we recommend you plan an overnight stay.
Come to Huntsville where a warm welcome awaits!