Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site

Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site The Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site, run by the Texas Historical Commission, is a historic house museum located in Paris, TX.
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Built in the High Victorian Italianate style in 1868, the two-story Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site was the family residence of Sam Bell Maxey, a Mexican War veteran, Confederate general and two-term U.S. senator. Tours are given on the hour starting at 9 a.m., with the last tour starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and starting at 9 a.m., with the last tour starting at 3 p.m. on Wednesday through Sunday. CONTENT GUIDELINES We support the free exchange of ideas on this official page of the Maxey House. However, we moderate this page and we reserve the right to remove comments, posts, photos, or any content at our discretion that we deem to be obscene, indecent, profane, or otherwise objectionable, contains hate speech, spam, or if it does not contribute to the discussion that is happening. The views expressed in comment fields reflect those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official views of the Maxey House, the Texas Historical Commission or the Texas state government.

Just a few more days until our Happy 'Noon' Year event! We hope you'll join us as we countdown to noon this Saturday (th...
12/26/2019

Just a few more days until our Happy 'Noon' Year event!
We hope you'll join us as we countdown to noon this Saturday (the 28th)! We'll be crafting some noisemakers and confetti poppers starting at 11, and be celebrating until 1!
#HappyNoonYear #NoonYearsEve #MaxeyHouse #SBMH

While the Gingerbreads took this picture yesterday, today they are singing the song on the piano, "Christmas is Here!!" ...
12/25/2019

While the Gingerbreads took this picture yesterday, today they are singing the song on the piano, "Christmas is Here!!"
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all, from the Sam Bell Maxey House!!!
#MerryChristmas #MaxeyHouse #SBMH #CountdowntoChristmas

Today the Gingerbreads are hanging out under the Christmas tree! In the time of the Maxey's, Christmas trees would have ...
12/23/2019

Today the Gingerbreads are hanging out under the Christmas tree! In the time of the Maxey's, Christmas trees would have been much more simple like this, with popcorn and cranberry garlands.
Only THREE DAYS until Christmas!!!
#ChristmasCountdown #MaxeyHouse #SBMH

The Gingerbreads are thankful for all the kiddos who came out to make stockings, snowflakes and salt dough ornaments tod...
12/21/2019

The Gingerbreads are thankful for all the kiddos who came out to make stockings, snowflakes and salt dough ornaments today!
Only FOUR DAYS until Christmas!!!
#CountdowntoChristmas #MaxeyHouse #SBMH

Santa was extremely generous to visit us tonight, just six days before Christmas, and the Gingerbreads were very happy t...
12/20/2019

Santa was extremely generous to visit us tonight, just six days before Christmas, and the Gingerbreads were very happy to see him!
Thank you to those who came out for a jolly night of fun!
#CountdowntoChristmas #SixDays #MaxeyHouse #SBMH

Santa Claus will be HERE in just a little less than an hour! Reports say he is flying down from the North Pole right now...
12/19/2019

Santa Claus will be HERE in just a little less than an hour!
Reports say he is flying down from the North Pole right now! He's so excited to see all of the kids who come out to see him!
#MaxeyHouse #SantaCalus #StNick #SBMH

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN!! Tonight, at the Maxey House from 6-8 P.M.!Would your child like to visit with Santa? Giv...
12/19/2019

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN!!
Tonight, at the Maxey House from 6-8 P.M.!
Would your child like to visit with Santa?
Give us a call at (903) 785-5716 to reserve your spot now!
$5 cash only for the event tonight, please.
We can't wait for St. Nick to show tonight!
#MaxeyHouse #SBMH #SantaClaus #StNick

Good morning! Santa Claus looked very different in the time of the Maxey and Long families, but he will be here TOMORROW...
12/18/2019

Good morning! Santa Claus looked very different in the time of the Maxey and Long families, but he will be here TOMORROW NIGHT from 6-8 P.M.!
That's right, St. Nick himself is paying US a visit!
Reserve a spot for your child while you still can!
Call (903) 785-5716 to reserve today!
$5 cash for this event, please!
#MaxeyHouse #StNick #SantaClaus #SBMH

Livingston's Visit With St. Nick is just around the corner! Does your child want to meet Santa Claus at the Maxey House ...
12/17/2019

Livingston's Visit With St. Nick is just around the corner! Does your child want to meet Santa Claus at the Maxey House this Thursday? He'll be here from 6-8 P.M., just for us!
There are still some spots open!
Give us a call at 903-785-5716 to reserve your kid's spot, today!
#MaxeyHouse #Christmas #SBMH #SantaClaus

The Gingerbreads are so excited that Santa Claus will be visiting the Maxey House in just TWO DAYS! Does your child want...
12/17/2019

The Gingerbreads are so excited that Santa Claus will be visiting the Maxey House in just TWO DAYS!
Does your child want to meet St. Nick?
Well, they can, for only $5 cash Thursday night from 6-8 P.M.! Better hurry and reserved their spot though, because there's only THIRTEEN LEFT!
Call 903-785-5716 to reserve today!!!
#MaxeyHouse #SBMH #SantaClaus #Christmas #ComingToTown

Livingston invited St. Nicholas to the Maxey House to spend an evening with all his special friends.  During the event o...
12/17/2019

Livingston invited St. Nicholas to the Maxey House to spend an evening with all his special friends. During the event on Thursday, December 19th, from 6-8 p.m., children will make Christmas-themed crafts and listen to A Visit from St. Nicholas, better known today as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, while waiting for St. Nicholas to arrive. After St. Nicholas arrives, children will be able to visit and have milk and cookies with him. Parents and guardians are invited to bring their cameras for photos. The cost for Livingston’s Visit with St. Nick is $5.00 per child. Cash only for this event please.
#MaxeyHouse #SBMH #Christmas #Livingston #SaintNick #SantaClaus

Are you coming to Livingston's Visit With Saint Nick this Thursday?? (Dec. 19th) If so, now's the time to reserve your s...
12/16/2019

Are you coming to Livingston's Visit With Saint Nick this Thursday?? (Dec. 19th)
If so, now's the time to reserve your spot!
Give us a call at 903-785-5716 to get your place, before it's too late! Space is limited, so book now rather than later!
#Santa #Livingston #MaxeyHouse #SBMH

Tonight's Christmas at the Maxey House was wonderful, and the Gingerbreads would like to thank everyone who came out to ...
12/15/2019

Tonight's Christmas at the Maxey House was wonderful, and the Gingerbreads would like to thank everyone who came out to make our event jolly and bright! No humbugs tonight, only smiles, and only 11 days until Christmas!!!
#CountdowntoChristmas #MaxeyHouse #SBMH

Christmas at the Maxey House is TOMORROW!!! We hope you'll join us for a lovely evening of learning about Victorian Chri...
12/13/2019

Christmas at the Maxey House is TOMORROW!!!
We hope you'll join us for a lovely evening of learning about Victorian Christmas traditions and Christmas crafts. We can't wait to celebrate!
#Christmas #MostWonderfulTimeoftheyear #MaxeyHouse #SBMH

On the 13 day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 🎼112 North Lamar Students, and a bunch of happy Maxey House employee...
12/13/2019

On the 13 day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 🎼
112 North Lamar Students, and a bunch of happy Maxey House employees!!!
We are super thankful to have hosted such a wonderful group of students for their field trip yesterday!
Yesterday was 13 days until Christmas, but now, it's only twelve!
#MaxeyHouse #FieldTrip #SBMH #CountdowntoChristmas

Texas Historical Commission
12/12/2019

Texas Historical Commission

Many predominantly Czech and German communities transplanted versions of their former hometowns to the new world, most notably in what are known today as the Painted Churches.

Dedicated in 1895, St. Mary's is one of the famous Painted Churches of Texas and is visited by thousands each year. A granite monument to Praha's Nine rests in the churchyard, memorializing the nine Praha men who died on World War II battlefields.

Given Praha's diminutive population, the loss of the nine men ranks Praha's per captia World War II losses higher than almost any other city in America. A ceremony is held on Memorial Day annually at St. Mary's.

In 1983, 15 Painted Churches statewide were listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This rare art form is manifested in some of the state’s highest expressions of design, architecture, and worship through such methods as freehand work, stenciling, infill, graining, and marbling.

Tonight, two of the Gingerbreads visited the Downtown Food Pantry to help it keep stocked for the Christmas season! In t...
12/11/2019

Tonight, two of the Gingerbreads visited the Downtown Food Pantry to help it keep stocked for the Christmas season! In the time of the Maxeys and Longs, they cared deeply for the people of Paris and Lamar County. They were lucky tonight to follow their example!
15 days until Christmas!!!
#CountdowntoChristmas #MaxeyHouse #SBMH

Santa Claus is coming to visit us in just NINE SHORT DAYS! Have you RSVP'd for our Visit From St. Nick on the 19th?? Rum...
12/10/2019

Santa Claus is coming to visit us in just NINE SHORT DAYS! Have you RSVP'd for our Visit From St. Nick on the 19th?? Rumor has it Santa is traveling Texas style, too!
Maybe he learned it from the Easter Bunny?
#MaxeyHouse #StNick #SantaClaus #SBMH

We are having so much fun today at Tidings & Tinsel! Below are our super-crafty visitors, Ava and Addy! Their enthusiasm...
12/07/2019

We are having so much fun today at Tidings & Tinsel! Below are our super-crafty visitors, Ava and Addy! Their enthusiasm was contagious!
#Awesomeday #Crafts #MaxeyHouse #SBMH

Tidings & Tinsel has officially begun! Come by with the kiddos today anytime before 4 o' clock to make some festive holi...
12/07/2019

Tidings & Tinsel has officially begun! Come by with the kiddos today anytime before 4 o' clock to make some festive holiday crafts to deck your halls with!
#HappyHolidays #SBMH #MaxeyHouse

Today, the Gingerbreads watched the Paris Garden & Study Club as they put outdoor holiday decorations on the Maxey House...
12/06/2019

Today, the Gingerbreads watched the Paris Garden & Study Club as they put outdoor holiday decorations on the Maxey House!
The ladies did a fantastic job and we are very grateful! The house is now looking good for Christmas! Only 20 days!!
#CountdowntoChristmas #SBMH #MaxeyHouse

Hey everyone, meet the Gingerbreads! Every day this month, they'll be helping us countdown to Christmas! Today they help...
12/05/2019

Hey everyone, meet the Gingerbreads! Every day this month, they'll be helping us countdown to Christmas! Today they helped us decorate the house for Christmas!
#CountdowntoChristmas #SBMH #MaxeyHouse

Nice to see our friends over at the Eisenhower Birthplace in Denison getting into the Christmas spirit!
12/04/2019

Nice to see our friends over at the Eisenhower Birthplace in Denison getting into the Christmas spirit!

Visit the Eisenhower Birthplace and enjoy our annual “Christmas on the Homefront” exhibit! Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, stroll to our Visitor Center to collect vintage recipes, hear vintage radio programs, play a Ration Game, and take home a candy cane when you donate a new, sealed, not-gift-wrapped personal hygiene item to benefit the Grayson County Homeless Shelter!

It's a global day of generosity! Did you know today is #GivingTuesday? Today is a day we celebrate the power of people a...
12/03/2019

It's a global day of generosity!
Did you know today is #GivingTuesday?
Today is a day we celebrate the power of people and organizations to transform their communities. Non-profits all over the world rely on charity in order to make an impact.
We hope you'll support your favorite non-profit today, in whatever way you can!
#Charity #Generosity #MaxeyHouse #SBMH

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It): Museum Store Sunday is TOMORROW! We hope you'll come out and #BeAPatron to your favorite ...
11/30/2019

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It): Museum Store Sunday is TOMORROW! We hope you'll come out and #BeAPatron to your favorite museum stores and support our programs and operations!
#MaxeyHouse #MuseumStoreSunday #MaxeyHouse

Today's the day for THANKSMAS!!! We hope you'll come out and join us as we make some cute crafts for your holiday season...
11/29/2019

Today's the day for THANKSMAS!!! We hope you'll come out and join us as we make some cute crafts for your holiday season!
#Thanksmas #Holidays #MaxeyHouse #SBMH

11/29/2019

We want to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
We are thankful for all of our friends and visitors, our awesome new Visitor Center, and our amazing volunteers, just to name a few.
What are you thankful for?
#HappyThanksgiving #SBMH #MaxeyHouse

Did you know that this Sunday is #MuseumStoreSunday?? More than 1,100 Museum Stores around the world will be offering di...
11/27/2019

Did you know that this Sunday is #MuseumStoreSunday?? More than 1,100 Museum Stores around the world will be offering discounts, including the Maxey House!
This Sunday only, our NovelTea Tea Tins, both of our Maxey House Candle Scents, our round Christmas Ornaments, and our Large Lion Plushies will be 20% off!
Swipe on by for a gift for that special someone, and support us while doing it!
#MaxeyHouse #SBMH

Come out and see us Sunday, shop, and help support our mission and programs!
11/26/2019

Come out and see us Sunday, shop, and help support our mission and programs!

Did You Know? The Texas Historical Commission preserves and operates 30 state historic sites across Texas. These unique places honor Texas history and inspire an understanding of what it means to be a Texan.

For those seeking unique and creative gifts for a Texas history buff, look no further than one of our state historic sites.

This holiday season get away from the crowds and take a step back in time while you shop. Visit select sites this Sunday, Dec. 1, for Museum Store Sunday and save up to 20% off merchandise in the gift shop.

#Museum30 today's theme is Dream Museum! Today, we get to share a few a favorite museums from around the country. Some o...
11/22/2019

#Museum30 today's theme is Dream Museum! Today, we get to share a few a favorite museums from around the country. Some of ours included below are the Museum of Science and Industry and the Hull House Museum in Chicago, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C., and the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana.
What are some of your favorite museums? Share pictures with us in the comments!
#MaxeyHouse #SBMH #MuseumsWeLove

We hope you are enjoying this last week before Thanksgiving! Don't forget, in just a little over a week, we'll be celebr...
11/21/2019

We hope you are enjoying this last week before Thanksgiving! Don't forget, in just a little over a week, we'll be celebrating Thanksmas, with yard games and Holiday crafts!
We hope to see you there!
#Thanksmas #MaxeyHouse #SBMH

Sam Bell Maxey maintained a strong relationship with the Native American tribes of Indian Territory throughout his milit...
11/21/2019

Sam Bell Maxey maintained a strong relationship with the Native American tribes of Indian Territory throughout his military and political career, beginning with his command of Confederate forces in the Territory in 1863, and continuing after the end of the Civil War during his service in the United States Senate from 1875 to 18887. The images contained in this exhibit showcase Maxey’s struggles with his command of Indian Territory, his work for their welfare, and his unique connection with the Native Americans, including one of the great generals serving under him, the Cherokee General Stand Watie.

Sam Bell Maxey maintained a strong relationship with the Native American tribes of Indian Territory throughout his military and political career, beginning with his command of Confederate forces in the Territory in 1863, and continuing after the end of the Civil War during his service in the United States Senate from 1875 to 18887. The images contained in this exhibit showcase Maxey’s struggles with his command of Indian Territory, his work for their welfare, and his unique connection with the Native Americans, including one of the great generals serving under him, the Cherokee General Stand Watie.

Happy International Men's Day! Today we celebrate the  positive value men bring to the world, their families and their c...
11/19/2019

Happy International Men's Day! Today we celebrate the positive value men bring to the world, their families and their communities.
#Movember #MaxeyHouse #SBMH

#Museum30 today's theme is Celebration! From our Mannequin Night and Halloween Events, to Livingston's Night at the Muse...
11/19/2019

#Museum30 today's theme is Celebration!
From our Mannequin Night and Halloween Events, to Livingston's Night at the Museum, to our Dog Days of Summer, to Easter, we're thankful for everyone who has participated in our events and made them something worth celebrating!
#MaxeyHouse #SBMH #CelebrateGoodTimes

Happy Friday, you wonderful person, you! Today for #Movember, we have an advertisement from 1870 for whisker dye, a big ...
11/15/2019

Happy Friday, you wonderful person, you!
Today for #Movember, we have an advertisement from 1870 for whisker dye, a big part of mustache grooming.
In 1890, a good quality mustache comb & dye would cost somewhere around $2.75, or about 70$ today.
Here's an excerpt from The Gentlemen’s Book of Etiquette and Manual of Politeness (1875):
"the mustache should never be curled, nor pulled out to an absurd length … [It] should be neat and not too large, and [avoid] such fopperies as cutting the points thereof, or twisting them up to the fineness of needles.”
#MaxeyHouse #SBMH #FridayFeels

#Museum30 today's theme is Love Story! This love note is one of many in our collection. This one is from Sam Long to his...
11/13/2019

#Museum30 today's theme is Love Story! This love note is one of many in our collection. This one is from Sam Long to his wife Lala.
This letter is written in French and starts off with "My Dear Lala, I love you with all my heart and all my love..."
#MaxeyHouse #SBMH

Time for another dose of #Movember! This sharp-dressed gentleman is Confederate General Richard Stoddert Ewell. While he...
11/12/2019

Time for another dose of #Movember! This sharp-dressed gentleman is Confederate General Richard Stoddert Ewell. While he was well-regarded as a soldier, his indecisiveness at the battles of Gettysburg and Spotsylvania Court House cost him his reputation. (BONUS: His nickname was "Old Bald Head.")
You can learn more about him here: https://www.battlefields.org/learn/biographies/richard-s-ewell
#MaxeyHouse #SBMH #Mustaches

11/12/2019

Today, we want to thank and highlight all the men and women who has served in our nation's armed forces. Our country and our lives as we know them would not exist without their sacrifice. Thank you, Veterans!
#VeteransDay #SBMH #MaxeyHouse

#Museum30 today's theme is Interpretation! This small but beautiful space may not look like much right now, but  someday...
11/09/2019

#Museum30 today's theme is Interpretation! This small but beautiful space may not look like much right now, but someday it will house an interpretive exhibit for the Maxey House. What this exhibit will contain is still not for certain, but we're very excited for it, even if it takes a while before we get!
#SBMH #MaxeyHouse

#Museum30 today's theme is Silhouette! In the Victorian Era, silhouettes like the ones you see below were the main way p...
11/08/2019

#Museum30 today's theme is Silhouette!
In the Victorian Era, silhouettes like the ones you see below were the main way people would have portraits made, as photography wouldn't become easy or inexpensive until around the year 1900. Even finding a photographer back then was hard, and it might cost a day or even a weeks' pay to afford a picture!
Silhouettes were a cheaper way for those with less to have portraits made.
#MaxeyHouse #SBMH

#Museum30 today's theme is Last! Below is a picture of Sallie Lee Lightfoot and Lala Long receiving their State Historic...
11/07/2019

#Museum30 today's theme is Last! Below is a picture of Sallie Lee Lightfoot and Lala Long receiving their State Historical Marker for the Maxey House in 1964. Sallie Lee Lightfoot was the last person to live in the Maxey House until her death in 1966. She was known as Bobbie to her family and friends.
#MaxeyHouse #SBMH

This month, we're participating in #Museum30- a global social media challenge taken by museums across the world to share...
11/06/2019

This month, we're participating in #Museum30- a global social media challenge taken by museums across the world to share more of the museums and topics we love!

Today's prompt is Inclusion! Early this summer, the Maxey House staff had the honor of being a part of facilitated dialogue training given by the International Sites of Conscience. We learned how to share ideas, information, and experiences for the purpose of collective learning, and also had a ton of fun doing it!
#MaxeyHouse #SBMH #InternationalSitesofConscience

It's finally November! You know what that means,right? Thanksgiving,fall colors, and... MO-VEMBER MAXEY HOUSE MUSTACHES!...
11/05/2019

It's finally November! You know what that means,right? Thanksgiving,fall colors, and... MO-VEMBER MAXEY HOUSE MUSTACHES! Try saying that three times fast! Throughout the month of November, we'll be sharing some truly epic mustaches from the Civil War and Victorian Era. To start us off, here's Alpheus Starky Williams! He was a lawyer, judge, and journalist who served as a Union general in the American Civil War. He later became a U.S. Congressman, where he served until his death.
#Movember #Mustaches #MaxeyHouse #SBMH

Today, Adam and Belynda are helping us check off our list for tomorrow's Trick or Treat with Livingston!!!Can you believ...
10/30/2019

Today, Adam and Belynda are helping us check off our list for tomorrow's Trick or Treat with Livingston!!!
Can you believe how fast October has gone??
Only ONE MORE DAY until Halloween!!
#CountdowntoHalloween #MaxeyHouse #SBMH

Today, Adam and Belynda visited an animal shelter for #NationalCatDay! Every one of these beautiful cats and kittens bel...
10/29/2019

Today, Adam and Belynda visited an animal shelter for #NationalCatDay! Every one of these beautiful cats and kittens below are in desperate need of a loving home. They are all available for adoption at Lamar County Humane Association here in Paris. We can vouch for their adorableness and sweet temperaments!
Only TWO DAYS until Halloween!!!
#CountdowntoHalloween #MaxeyHouse #SBMH

Address

812 S Church St
Paris, TX
75460

Opening Hours

Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00
Saturday 09:00 - 16:00
Sunday 09:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(903) 785-5716

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