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.

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.

Due to incoming storms and for the safety of the fur-babies, the Lamar County Humane Society will be having their adopti...
06/22/2019

Due to incoming storms and for the safety of the fur-babies, the Lamar County Humane Society will be having their adoption event indoors at the shelter today instead of at the Sam Bell Maxey House.
The shelter is currently either at or close to full capacity. We hope you'll visit and rescue a fur-ever best friend!
#MaxeyHouse #SBMH

#ThursdayThoughts Do you ever wonder if people a hundred years ago were just as ready for the weekend as you are right n...
06/20/2019

#ThursdayThoughts
Do you ever wonder if people a hundred years ago were just as ready for the weekend as you are right now?
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We are sharing from our friends over at the Sam Rayburn State Historic Site. We hope you'll find it as interesting as we...
06/14/2019
Flag Day's long—and surprising—history explained

We are sharing from our friends over at the Sam Rayburn State Historic Site. We hope you'll find it as interesting as we do!
Also, a big happy birthday to our United States Army!
#FlagDay #MaxeyHouse #SBMH

Decreed by each president, this June holiday honors the American flag, a key symbol of the republic.

Happy National Best Friend's Day!No matter what point in human history you look at, friendship was just as important the...
06/08/2019

Happy National Best Friend's Day!
No matter what point in human history you look at, friendship was just as important then as it is today.
Lala Williams Long was a lady with many great friends, including the one pictured below with her (Laura Russell).
Who's your best friend? Share a picture of them with us in the comments!
#SBMH #MaxeyHouse #NationalBestFriendsDay

Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site
06/06/2019

Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site

The incredible, scaled photographs of the massive Normandy Invasion on June 6, 1944 are well known and instantly recognizable. But it can be the more intimate moments of this historic day that brings the humanity of this event into sharp focus. The following photographs were taken by U.S. Army and U.S. Navy photographers on June 6.

Navy Beach Battalion members dive for cover during a German strafing attack against the Normandy beachhead. Photograph was released on 20 June 1944. It was taken by Combat Photo Unit Eight (CPU-8). Note the concrete seawall at left, and the horned skullies removed from boat lanes, where they had been placed by the Germans to obstruct access to the beach. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

May we never forget the lives lost and sacrifices made on this day in history, on the beaches of Normandy, France 75 yea...
06/06/2019

May we never forget the lives lost and sacrifices made on this day in history, on the beaches of Normandy, France 75 years ago. If there was ever a day that would decide the fate of generations to come- and the kind of world they would live in- June 6th, 1944 was that day.
#DDay #NeverForget

Our monthly Brown Bag Lunch Series continues this Friday at Noon! We hope you'll bring lunch and join us as we learn abo...
06/04/2019

Our monthly Brown Bag Lunch Series continues this Friday at Noon! We hope you'll bring lunch and join us as we learn about Civil War Weaponry from a local expert!
#MaxeyHouse #SBMH #BringYourLunch

This #ThrowbackThursday, we've got a cool look at the past with Lala Williams driving a horse down Church Street. It's e...
05/30/2019

This #ThrowbackThursday, we've got a cool look at the past with Lala Williams driving a horse down Church Street.
It's easy to forget sometimes that history is all around us, and not that long ago, horses were trotting up and down our city streets!
#MaxeyHouse #SBMH

We all have that one friend who find's 'Do Not Touch' signs irresistibly tempting. That's why the Maxey House is chock f...
05/29/2019

We all have that one friend who find's 'Do Not Touch' signs irresistibly tempting.
That's why the Maxey House is chock full of things you CAN touch!
If you see the little (or big!) Red M on something in the museum, that means you can touch it to your heart's content! From Victorian Games to a place to practice quill writing, there is something to interact with in every room!

#MaxeyHouse #SBMH #DoNotTouch #WednesdayWisdom

Freedom is priceless, but it is also costly.The Memorial Day we venerate so much today began as a response to the Civil ...
05/27/2019

Freedom is priceless, but it is also costly.
The Memorial Day we venerate so much today began as a response to the Civil War, which claimed the lives of 620,000 American soldiers.
It is important that we never forget the sacrifices made by so many, that we might carry on with our daily lives.
#MemorialDay #MaxeyHouse #SBMH

Today is the International Day for Biodiversity! Did you know that Texas ranks #1 most years as the most biologically di...
05/23/2019

Today is the International Day for Biodiversity!
Did you know that Texas ranks #1 most years as the most biologically diverse state in the US? From kestrels to box turtles, from Post Oak Savannah to Blackland Prairie, Texas is teeming with life!
#MaxeyHouse #SBMH
Photo Credit: Project Noah

Did you know the Maxey House has a Friends group? The Friends of The Maxey House is a small group, but they are a passio...
05/20/2019

Did you know the Maxey House has a Friends group? The Friends of The Maxey House is a small group, but they are a passionate group of volunteers, and we couldn't do many of our big events without them!
We want to extend a big thank you to anyone who has helped us, both past and present!

#FriendsMW #MaxeyHouse #SBMH

Today's #MuseumWeek theme is FRIENDS!Interestingly enough, Lala Williams long made a bet with one of her friends in 1890...
05/19/2019

Today's #MuseumWeek theme is FRIENDS!
Interestingly enough, Lala Williams long made a bet with one of her friends in 1890 that her groom would be ANYONE but Sam Bell Maxey Long. While she technically won (the bet had a set end date), she married Sam Long in December of 1894, just a few years later!
#FriendsMW #MaxeyHouse #SBMH

This photo was likely taken near Sheb William's steamboat company in Alaska of ten Eskimo tribesmen! #PhotoMW #MaxeyHous...
05/19/2019

This photo was likely taken near Sheb William's steamboat company in Alaska of ten Eskimo tribesmen!
#PhotoMW #MaxeyHouse #SBMH

As we mentioned earlier in the week, the Maxey family often enjoyed traveling. Sam Bell Maxey Long and Lala Williams Lon...
05/18/2019

As we mentioned earlier in the week, the Maxey family often enjoyed traveling.
Sam Bell Maxey Long and Lala Williams Long took this photo while riding with their vacation party!
Unfortunately, like many pictures in this collection, we don't know where this was taken, or when.
Don't you wish people had a page back then??
#MaxeyHouse #PhotoMW #SBMH

Today's #MuseumWeek is all about Photos! Below is a photo of Emily Fairfax Davis and a baby Alice Fairfax, one of our fa...
05/18/2019

Today's #MuseumWeek is all about Photos!
Below is a photo of Emily Fairfax Davis and a baby Alice Fairfax, one of our favorites in the collection!

#PhotoMW #MaxeyHouse #SBMH

Oops! It looks like some of the #ExploreMW pics didn't post yesterday, so we're posting them now! Interesting fact: Sheb...
05/18/2019

Oops! It looks like some of the #ExploreMW pics didn't post yesterday, so we're posting them now!
Interesting fact: Sheb Williams, Lala William's Father, owned a company that built steamboats all the way up in Alaska! Our collection is full of interesting things about travel!
We want to hear from you!
What was your favorite trip/vacation?
#SBMH #MaxeyHouse #MuseumWeek

#ExploreMW Sam Bell Maxey Long would often travel the country with Sam Bell Maxey, even serving in Washington DC as his ...
05/18/2019

#ExploreMW Sam Bell Maxey Long would often travel the country with Sam Bell Maxey, even serving in Washington DC as his Senate page!

#MuseumWeek #MaxeyHouse #SBMH

Today's #MuseumWeek is all about EXPLORATION! Museum's allow us to think outside the box and push our boundaries. While ...
05/17/2019

Today's #MuseumWeek is all about EXPLORATION! Museum's allow us to think outside the box and push our boundaries. While the Maxeys were extremely passionate about the Paris area and Lamar County, they also often sought to see different parts of the world! This evening, we'll be showing off some of the things they collected in their travels!

#MaxeyHouse #SBMH #ExploreMW

Map photo Credit: TSLAC

The Lakes Trail Region is full of wonder and VIVID color! Make sure to explore not only our site, but also the Sam Raybu...
05/17/2019

The Lakes Trail Region is full of wonder and VIVID color! Make sure to explore not only our site, but also the Sam Rayburn House, Starr Family Home, and Eisenhower Birthplace Historic Sites to make colorful memories!

#MaxeyHouse #SBMH #RainbowMW #MuseumWeek

Today's #MuseumWeek them is #RainbowMW! This evening, we're going to showing our true colors, as well as our friends! St...
05/16/2019

Today's #MuseumWeek them is #RainbowMW! This evening, we're going to showing our true colors, as well as our friends! Stay tuned!

#MaxeyHouse #SBMH

The Victorian Era is sometimes thought of as a stuffy time period, with our ancestors being incredibly straight-laced an...
05/16/2019

The Victorian Era is sometimes thought of as a stuffy time period, with our ancestors being incredibly straight-laced and stoic.
While in some cases that might be true, they also knew how to have fun! Many games we enjoy today were invented back then, such as the modern-day Marco Polo, Darts, Reverend Crawley's Game, and Wink, Murder!

#PlayMW #MaxeyHouse #SBMH

Today's #MuseumWeek theme is PLAY! Museum's aren't just buildings full of artifacts and 'Look, But Don't Touch' signs! T...
05/15/2019

Today's #MuseumWeek theme is PLAY!
Museum's aren't just buildings full of artifacts and 'Look, But Don't Touch' signs! They're also places where you can stretch your legs, be active, and have fun!
Whether it's Pin the Tail on the Cat at Halloween or our yearly Easter Egg Roll, we strive to make the Maxey House as much fun as it can be!

#PlayMW #MaxeyHouse #SBMH

Today is Peace Officer's Memorial Day. We would like to express our undying gratitude for those men and women who risk l...
05/15/2019

Today is Peace Officer's Memorial Day. We would like to express our undying gratitude for those men and women who risk life and limb every day to keep our streets safe, and honor the sacrifices of those who gave their lives to uphold this noble cause.
#PeaceOfficersMemorialDay #MaxeyHouse #SBMH

Pictured:The Texas Peace Officers' Memorial in Austin.

Our third and final #secretsmw of the day is... the Widow's Walk! According to legend, widow's walks were built on top o...
05/15/2019

Our third and final #secretsmw of the day is... the Widow's Walk!
According to legend, widow's walks were built on top of coastal homes facing the sea, so fishermen's wives could anxiously wait for their husbands to return home to port. There's no body of water anywhere near the Maxey House, though, so why would one be in the middle of Paris?
Well, as unromantic as it might sound, many families built widow's walks or hatches on their roofs to be able to throw water down a chimney in case of a fire!
It's very likely that the Maxey Family took inspiration for their home and it's features from other houses they had seen during their travels!

#MuseumWeek #SBMH #MaxeyHouse

Our second secret look for #SecretsMW is... the Restoration Project! Many people don't know, but a little under ten year...
05/14/2019

Our second secret look for #SecretsMW is... the Restoration Project!
Many people don't know, but a little under ten years ago, the Sam Bell Maxey House underwent a HUGE restoration project!
In many places, like the door below, several layers of paint were slowly and meticulously removed to get to the original look underneath. Using historic photographs, several rooms in the house were redecorated to match what the house would've looked like when Sam Bell Maxey and his wife moved into it all the way back in the late 1860's!

#MaxeyHouse #SBMH

Today's #MuseumWeek theme is all about SECRETS! Our first secret of the day is... a hole in the floor! Yes, you read tha...
05/14/2019

Today's #MuseumWeek theme is all about SECRETS!
Our first secret of the day is... a hole in the floor!
Yes, you read that correctly!
This picture, taken in 2016 during repair work, reveals a hole in the floor of the Maxey House Parlor from a patching job done by the previous managers of the House, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department!
Click on the second picture to see the initials and message they wrote for future re-discoverers!

#SecretsMW #MaxeyHouse #SBMH

Our last woman for today's #WomenInCulture is the one who made all of this possible. Sallie Lee Lightfoot (pictured to t...
05/13/2019

Our last woman for today's #WomenInCulture is the one who made all of this possible. Sallie Lee Lightfoot (pictured to the right of the historical marker) was the last person to live in the #MaxeyHouse, From the little we know about Sallie Lee, she was a quiet and genteel lady. This is what makes the following story so entertaining!

Sometime during the 1950s, Lala Williams Long and Sallie Lee were on a trip to New York City to buy clothes, as this was one of the few cities where they would shop. While walking along the famous Fifth Avenue, the elastic in Sallie Lee’s panties broke and they fell to the ground. Without missing a beat, Sallie Lee stepped out of the panties, bent over, picked them up, and placed them in her pocketbook since no lady would leave her panties lying on the sidewalk of New York City. This was all done to the shock and horror of Lala, as both were proper ladies.

#SBMH

Our second woman for today's #MuseumWeek #WomenInCulture is Lala Williams Long! (pictured left).She was a lifelong resid...
05/13/2019

Our second woman for today's #MuseumWeek #WomenInCulture is Lala Williams Long! (pictured left).
She was a lifelong resident of Paris, Texas and one of the Founders of the New Paris Civic League, which sought to create beautiful and useful areas in downtown Paris. She was also active in the American Red Cross and a member of the Lotus Club, which brought Paris its first public library.

#MaxeyHouse #SBMH

It's #MuseumWeek! Join us for a week of worldwide week of culture, starting with today's theme #WomenInCulture! The firs...
05/13/2019

It's #MuseumWeek! Join us for a week of worldwide week of culture, starting with today's theme #WomenInCulture!
The first women we'd like to feature today is Marilda Cass Denton Maxey. She married Sam Bell Maxey shortly after his return from the Mexican American War, and traveled with him to Paris, Texas in 1857. She was a huge contributor to charity in the North Texas and Dallas areas, with perhaps her greatest contribution being a founder of the Buckner Orphans Home in Dallas in 1879. This home still exists today as the Buckner Baptist Children's Home!

#MaxeyHouse #SBMH

#TGIF! We're so glad it's Friday, because we're excited for next week! Not only is it #MuseumWeek, it's also Bike to Wor...
05/10/2019

#TGIF!
We're so glad it's Friday, because we're excited for next week! Not only is it #MuseumWeek, it's also Bike to Work Week! Weather notwithstanding, we're ready! (our calf muscles definitely aren't, though)

#MaxeyHouse #SBMH

#WednesdayWisdom:"There are people of two minds in this country: Those who desire money to be plentiful and cheap becaus...
05/08/2019

#WednesdayWisdom:
"There are people of two minds in this country: Those who desire money to be plentiful and cheap because they work for it, and those who desire it to be scarce and dear because they already have it."
- U.S. Senator Daniel W. Voorhees, 1877

#MaxeyHouse #SBMH

Planning a vacation for this summer? Why not take the 'Europe of Texas' route and make a stop in Paris?? There's plenty ...
05/07/2019

Planning a vacation for this summer? Why not take the 'Europe of Texas' route and make a stop in Paris??
There's plenty to see in the Lone Star State!

#MaxeyHouse #SummerVacation #SBMH

It's Teacher Appreciation Day! And, lucky for us, teaching is timeless! We want to hear from YOU today! Who was the teac...
05/07/2019

It's Teacher Appreciation Day! And, lucky for us, teaching is timeless!
We want to hear from YOU today!
Who was the teacher that changed your life?
Leave us a comment and let us know!
#MaxeyHouse #SBMH #TeacherAppreciationDay

The Red River Valley Tractor Club is here with there miniature hay baler and hit-and-miss motors! Come by for a FREE min...
05/05/2019

The Red River Valley Tractor Club is here with there miniature hay baler and hit-and-miss motors! Come by for a FREE mini bale of hay and FREE Self-Guided Tours all day! We are here until 4!

We want to give a very special thank you to Jim Blassingame for coming to speak at our First Brown Bag Lunch of the summ...
05/04/2019

We want to give a very special thank you to Jim Blassingame for coming to speak at our First Brown Bag Lunch of the summer yesterday!
Some amazing people buried in Evergreen Cemetery we learned about include:
1. One of the few spared survivors of the Massacre at Goliad, who treated the injuries of both Sam Houston and Santa Anna during the Texas Revolution.
2. A fourteen year-old Confederate soldier who was present at Appomattox Courthouse at the end of the Civil War.
3. A prominent businessman who helped Paris rebuild after the 1916 fire.
And last but not least:
4. Sam Bell Maxey and his family!

Details on the next Brown Bag Lunch coming soon!

#MaxeyHouse #BrownBagLunch #SBMH

05/03/2019

Jim Blassingame is getting ready to get started for today's Brown Bag Lunch! We hope you'll come out and hear about the amazing stories of Evergreen Cemetery! We'll be hear until 1!
#MaxeyHouse #SBMH #BrownBagLunch

We hope you'll bring your lunch and join us tomorrow from 12-1 for Jim Blassingame, third of five generations of caretak...
05/02/2019

We hope you'll bring your lunch and join us tomorrow from 12-1 for Jim Blassingame, third of five generations of caretakers of Evergreen Cemetery, going back all the way to 1900! He'll be sharing fascinating history of the cemetery and some of the more interesting characters buried in it!

In case of rain, we'll move the speaking inside to our Sunroom!
In case of SEVERE weather, we'll cancel this event and 'rain check' for later in the month!

#MaxeyHouse #SBMH #BrownBagLunch

#WednesdayWisdom from Sam Bell Maxey: "In this country, thanks to our free government, we have no hereditary nobility, b...
05/01/2019

#WednesdayWisdom from Sam Bell Maxey:
"In this country, thanks to our free government, we have no hereditary nobility, but we have nobility far beyond any that earthly title can give- the nobility God impresses on an honest man."- In Congress, 1882.
#MaxeyHouse #SBMH

Check out this amazing story out of Caddo Mounds, where recovery efforts are still underway! #CaddoMounds #SBMH #MaxeyHo...
05/01/2019

Check out this amazing story out of Caddo Mounds, where recovery efforts are still underway!
#CaddoMounds #SBMH #MaxeyHouse #ItsADogsLife

This cute pup turned up at our site late one night after the storm. Our site manager provided care and food and called her Deetse (Caddo word for dog). After the weekend, the Site manager took her to the Veterinary Clinic in Alto who provided free kenneling, care, and vaccines.

She was also called ‘Stormy’ by a member of the minutemen response organization that cut trees on site. And finally, Anthony King, a Texas Game Warden who was assigned to security detail at Caddo Mounds after the tornado, first discovered her walking around the site and offered to adopt her after she kept him company. He named her Caddo after their work together watching over Caddo Mounds.

Caddo now has a happy forever home with Mr. King and his family. We hope to see Caddo back here again soon. She provided some light and a sense of hope during the dark early days of the site’s clean-up and recovery process.

Tomorrow starts National Bike Month! Bicycles were developed during the 19th century and became very popular, especially...
04/30/2019

Tomorrow starts National Bike Month! Bicycles were developed during the 19th century and became very popular, especially during the 1890s.
Family letters tell us that Sam Bell Maxey Long and Thomas Lightfoot both had velocipedes, a human-powered land vehicle with one or more wheels. Unfortunately, the letters don't describe what Sam or Tom's velocipedes looked like. The bicycle is the most common velocipede today.
Take a look at all the different velocipedes pictured in the image from an 1887 German encyclopedia.
If you could have any of these, which one would you want??
#NationalBikeMonth #IWantToRideMyBicycle #MaxeyHouse #SBMH

Caddo Mounds clean-up efforts are in full swing! #CaddoMounds #MaxeyHouse #THC
04/27/2019

Caddo Mounds clean-up efforts are in full swing!
#CaddoMounds #MaxeyHouse #THC

These before and after photos show the clean-up work that is underway.

Thanks to the wonderful volunteers that have already contributed time to reclaiming this wonderful Native American cultural site.

We have 400 acres with multiple scenic areas and structures that still need attention.

We hope to identify more specific needs and volunteer opportunities soon.

To volunteer materials or time, call 936-858-2359.
Anthony "Tony" Souther
Site Manager

It's Friday, and we're feeling fabulous! Below is an example of what a Victorian man might wear. Do you have anything yo...
04/26/2019

It's Friday, and we're feeling fabulous! Below is an example of what a Victorian man might wear. Do you have anything you wear that makes you feel fabulous?
Show us in the comments!
#TGIF #FridayFabulous #MaxeyHouse #SBMH

Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site's cover photo
04/26/2019

Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site's cover photo

04/25/2019
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We have to agree with Miss Rhode Island- today is the perfect date at the Maxey House- it's not too hot, not too cold, and you don't even need a light jacket!

#MaxeyHouse #SBMH #MissCongeniality

Grab your light jacket, it’s April 25th! 🌤// Miss Congeniality

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

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(903) 785-5716

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