Today Seniors Visit Huntsville

IMG_6042-e1389149392773Senior visitors will find Huntsville seventy miles north of Houston in what is called the East Texas Piney Woods. 

The city is famed, having served as the residence of Sam Houston, who served as President of the Republic of Texas, Governor of the State of Texas, Governor of Tennessee, U.S. Senator, and Tennessee congressman.

The city had its beginning back in 1836, when Pleasant and Ephraim Gray opened a trading post on the site. Ephraim Gray became first postmaster in 1837, naming it after his former home town.

With a population just over 40,000, Huntsville is the seat of Walker county.

Seniors Enjoy Texas Main Street City


Huntsville has been designated a Texas Main Street City by the Texas Historical Commission and a Texas State Cultural District by the Texas Commission on the Arts.

So you will not want to miss visiting Main Street where a myriad of events happen annually.

The Cultural District is home to some of the finest historical architecture in Texas.  Enhancing the downtown buildings are murals by world renowned artist Richard Haas.


Huntsville’s largest employers are the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and Sam Houston State University, SHSU or simply Sam.

Huntsville has a plethora of cultural events and art that include the SHSU’s College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication, The Wynne Home Arts Center, Old Town Theatre, Sam Houston Memorial Museum, General Sam Houston Folk Festival, and Huntsville Community Theatre.

Seniors Learn More Of Sam Houston


 One of the local stops senior visitors will not want to miss is the Sam Houston Memorial Grave and Monument in Oakwood Cemetery.

Since 1911, an impressive monument inscribed with the promise that the world will take care of Houston’s fame” has marked the grave of the first President of the Republic of Texas.

Senior visitors will find the  cemetery by traveling down the two blocks of Spur 94, the shortest highway in Texas.


And wouldn’t you know it…TripAdvisor has visited Huntsville and starts off with a visit to the Sam Houston campus.

This senior would like to visit the Texas Prison Museum and have a picnic in the Huntsville State Park.

My sister in law and her husband lived in Texas’ Piney Woods.  It’s beautiful country…you will enjoy your stop in East Texas’ Piney Woods.  -jeb

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