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Texas Heritage Trails Program

Houston: Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park


Pillot Home

FIRST PARK

Houston’s first city park, established in 1900 by then-Mayor Sam Brashear, provided an idyllic respite for Houstonians at the turn of a prosperous century. Christened “Sam Houston Park” and once serving as the estate of Houston family Kellum-Noble, the new city park featured Victorian landscaping, meandering pathways, a small stream, and the plantation-style Kellum-Noble house, built in 1847 and now considered the oldest surviving masonry residence in Houston. Despite its status as an integral part of the city park, the Kellum-Noble home was designated for demolition in 1954, the year an organization known today as The Heritage Society stepped in and saved the landmark building. The Heritage Society, a coalition of citizens who believed that the preservation of history is an important responsibility of civic leaders, has since made Sam Houston Park its home and has rescued a number of the city’s other historic structures, relocating them to the park’s nineteen-acre museum complex. Among the museum complex’s holdings are the 1850 Nichols-Rice-Cherry House, a two-story Greek Revival home once located on Houston’s courthouse square, the 1891 vernacular Gothic Revival St. John Church, built by German farmers and featuring handmade cypress pews, and a Fourth Ward cottage, believed to be approximately one hundred and fifty years old and home to an African American family in Houston’s historic Freedmen’s Town.  The complex features ten structures total as well as permanent exhibits and changing exhibitions throughout the year that provide insight into many aspects of the region’s striking legacy. Docent-led and cell phone tours are available to enjoy the park at comfortable pace.


Location

  • 1100 Bagby
  • Houston, Texas
  • 77002

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Hours & Fees

  • Museum: Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
    Park open daily dawn to dusk

  • Museum: Free.
    Historic house tour prices - Adults: $15, Seniors (65+): $12, Children (6-18): $6


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