Mrs. Sam Houston House

FM 390, 1 block E of jct. with FM 50, Independence, Texas


Historic American Buildings Survey, Harry L. Starnes, Photographer May 18, 1936 FRONT AND NORTH SIDE ELEVATION.

Photo taken for the Historic American Buildings Survey



The house faces the Spanish La Bahia Road on a corner lot in the town platted in 1835. With the success of cotton plantations, and the foundation of Baylor University in 1845, Independence became one of the wealthiest communities in Texas. ... Sam Houseton, the first President of the Republic of Texas, has a farm at Cedar Point, near Galveston, and homes in Huntsville and Independence. After his death in 1863 his widow, Margaret Lea, reportedly moved to this house with seven of her eight children. A deed of purchase from James L. Farquhar is dated February 1866. Mrs. Houston died of yellow fever in December 1867. Her daughter, Maggie, lived in the house until 1898, when it was sold to the Williams family, who remained until 1983. -- Historic American Buildings Survey

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 22, 1970
Reference number
NR name
Houston, Mrs. Sam, House
Architectural style
Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Period of significance
Significant year
ca. 1832

Update Log 

  • June 22, 2012: Imported photo from HABS/HAER