Sam Houston’s grave at Oakwood Cemetery, Huntsville
“The world will take care of Houston’s fame.” ~ Andrew Jackson
These are the words inlaid in Sam Houston’s memorial at his burial site in Oakwood Cemetery in Huntsville. It’s right by the entrance, next to the road. You really don’t even have to get out of the car… but do! Oakwood is a beautiful cemetery, filled with majestic oak trees whose limbs playfully reach down almost to the ground! Stoic Cypress trees stand guard among the historical markers that dot the grounds. Not only is our state’s first father buried here, but so are many other noteables from Texas history. I love the natural wildflower areas scattered throughout, also.
Know Before You Go
The City of Huntsville and Sam Houston State University have a HUGE celebration each March 2nd, Sam’s birthday and Texas Independence Day. A parade leads from the University to Oakwood Cemetery. For more information, click HERE.
We visited on Easter Sunday, and there were a few other tourist at the memorial. Our kids had a great time running the path and seeing the abundant birds and squirrels that inhabit the grounds. My husband and I walked the paths, me taking pictures and him reading aloud so I could hear the historical markers, like the one of Henderson King Yoakum, buried near Sam Houston. Yoakum, also from Tennesee, authored History of Texas from Its First Settlement in 1685 to Its Annexation to the United States in 1846. Another historical marker denotes the original location of the Steamboat House, where Houston lived until his death. The house was moved to the SHSU’s Sam Houston Memorial Museum a few blocks away.
While you are in Huntsville, take the time to visit the Museum, http://www.shsu.edu/~smm_www/.
Other places not to miss on the Sam Houston tour include The Sam Houston Statue and Visitor’s Center in Huntsville. To read more about it, click HERE.
The sculptor of the statue, David Adickes, lives and works in Houston, where more of his work can be seen.
Washington on the Brazos State Park, visit Independence Hall, where the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed. http://www.birthplaceoftexas.com/
The San Jacinto Monument, where Texas forces led by Houston captured General Santa Anna, thus winning Texas Independence! http://www.sanjacinto-museum.org/
Things to do in Huntsville
Oakwood Cemetery is the final resting place of Sam Houston. To read more, click HERE.
Sam Houston Statue is a nice stop off the highway, with restrooms and picnic tables. For more information, click HERE.
Huntsville State Park offers camping, swimming in Lake Raven, fishing, canoeing, paddleboats, hiking, horseback riding and much more! For more information, click HERE.
Texas Prison Museum gives visitors a glimpse of the history of the Texas Prison system, including the infamous, Old Sparky. To visit the website, click HERE.
Sam Houston Memorial Museum chronicles the life of the first president of the Republic of Texas. Located on the Sam Houston State University campus. Click HERE to visit their website.
Historic Walker County Courthouse Square
H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum