Last week, I promised photos from our recent visit at Sam Houston Schoolhouse in Maryville, Tennessee.
On the grounds where the once Tennessee governor taught school is a small museum filled with heirlooms that were either used in the Houston household, Sam’s parents, or in the school. The museum was poorly lite and I could not use my big girl camera without the flash, which led me to use my iPhone camera for indoor shots.
In the above collage (second row, 3rd from left), you will notice a newer McGuffey readers set inside the cabinet. I thought this was interesting because we used the same ones in our homeschool with our children. Also, there are some very old McGuffey readers in the bottom row dating back to 1857.
My next collection of photos, I took with both my big girl camera and iPhone outside the museum. Sam Houston is not buried here. A small grave marker stands just outside the schoolhouse as a memorial to him. He died of pneumonia in Huntsville, Texas in 1863 where he lived and his body laid to rest.
Houston was an interesting figure. He lived amongst the Cherokee people for a short period and Chef Ahuludegi adopted him, as his own son. I am unclear if his birth father was still alive at the time, but his mother was living. He married three times, he fathered 8 children with his third wife, and over the years he was a soldier, schoolteacher, and politician.
For years, we wanted to visit the Sam Houston Schoolhouse. It was a real treat to spend a Sunday afternoon soaking in beautiful skies and a forgotten past. We finished up with a brief drive along the Foothills Parkway. I will leave you with an image of a lone bird soaring over my head. We couldn’t tell if the bird was an eagle or buzzard. Do you know?
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