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The Heritage Society

1100 Bagby Street
Houston, Texas

Phone: 713-655-1912 -

Statement of Purpose:

The purpose of  The Heritage Society is to preserve the history of the community through restoration and maintenance of historic structures, exhibition of historical artifacts and presentation of education programs which focus on Houston's past and its relationship to the present and future.

The Heritage Society was the first museum in Houston to be accredited by the American Association of Museums.

Sam Houston Park is a remarkable outdoor museum. Here, in the reflection of Houston's gleaming downtown are some of the city's oldest structures. Restored and furnished in 19th century fashion, the buildings are open for guided tours every day except Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving.

Also located in the park is a small museum gallery that serves as a visitor orientation gallery with information about the historic structures in Sam Houston Park.  The museum also houses the Duncan Store, a general store built in 1878 in Egypt, Texas.  The general store sold everything from food to coffins!  It was a meat market, lumber yard, post office, and saddlery.  The newest permanent museum exhibit is a 1911 Model T Ford.  The museum also has a changing exhibit gallery.  Admission to the museum is FREE.


Kellum-Noble House -- the oldest surviving brick house in Houston was built by Nathaniel Kellum in 1847. A Virginian who came to Houston in 1839, Kellum operated a brick kiln, a tannery and saw mill on the property. During the 1850's Mrs. Zerviah M. Noble conducted one of Houston's first private schools in this house. In 1954 interested citizens organized the Harris County Heritage Society to save the house from destruction.

Nichols-Rice-Cherry House -- This Greek-Revival house was built about 1850 by Ebeneezer B. Nichols, a native of Cooperstown, New York. Between 1856 and 1873 it was owned by William Marsh Rice, financier and founder of Rice University. In 18797 the house was saved from demolition and moved from its downtown site by Mrs. Emma Richardson Cherry. In 1959 it became the first house to be moved into the park.

The Bandstand -- A copy of the original turn of the century Houston City Park bandstand, this late Victorian style structure is a focal point for Sam Houston Park and an appropriate setting for a great variety of special events.

Staiti House -- Built in 1905 in the Westmoreland Addition as a speculative house, it was purchased by oil pioneer Henry T. Staiti. The 17 room house included the latest feature, electricity and had professional landscaping. An addition to the house was designed by Alfred Finn. The Staiti House was moved into Sam Houston Park in 1986.

St. John Church -- In 1891 German farmers built this country church in northwest Harris County for their Evangelical Lutheran congregation. It still has its original altar-pulpit and cypress plank pews. The church was given to the Heritage Society by the congregation in 1968.

San Felipe Cottage -- This simple six room house was built at the southwestern edge of Houston on the old San Felipe Road. It has been restored as a typical Texas cottage of the 1870's. The house was added to the park in 1972.

Pillot House -- Built in 1868 by Eugene Pillot, this house was occupied continuously by the Pillot family until 1964. The family gave the house to the park in 1965. The mid-Victorian structure features significant innovations including its kitchen which is believed to have been the first attached kitchen in Houston.

The Old Place -- This cabin moved from the west bank of Clear Creek in 1973, is thought to be the oldest remaining structure in Harris County. It was probably built by John R. Williams, an Austin colonist, about 1823. Roughly hewn cedar logs form the frame which was incorporated by later owners into a much larger house once known as the Joseph Davis Plantation house.

The Tea Room -- Located in the Long Row building, the Tea Room offers catering for lunches, receptions, dinners, cocktail parties, meetings, and other special events. 

The Yesteryear Shop -- Located in the Long Row which is patterned after early Houston stores, the Yesteryear Shop offers visitors a fine selection of gifts and souvenirs.


Decorative arts, toys, textiles, fire equipment.





From 45 North
Take 45S, exit McKinney to Bagby, right on Bagby, down Bagby to Clay, right on Clay into our lot behind the Kellum-Noble House.
From 45 South
Take 45N to Allen Parkway (left hand lane), U-turn at Taft (1st light), come back up Allen Parkway, past 45, turn right into the lot adjacent to the Kellum-Noble.
From 59 North
Take 59S to I-10W to I-45S, exit McKinney (immediate left exit) to Bagby, turn right on Bagby, turn right on Clay into our lot behind the Kellum-Noble House. 
From 59 South
Take 59N to 45N, exit Allen Parkway, U-turn at Taft, come back up Allen Parkway and park behind Kellum-Noble House.
From I-10 West
Take I-10 East to 45S, exit McKinney to Bagby, right on Bagby, right on Bagby to Clay, right on Clay into our lot behind the Kellum-Noble House.
From I-10 East
Take I-10 West to 45S, exit McKinney to Bagby, right on Bagby to Clay, right on Clay into our lot behind the Kellum-Noble House.
Note: Lamar - Northwest = Allen Parkway (A name change occurs at Bagby.)


Sam Houston

Kellum-Noble House

St. John Church

Nichols-Rice-Cherry House

San Felipe Cottage

The Bandstand

Pillot House

Staiti House

The Old Place

Key Personnel:

Jane N. Cable, Executive Director

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