Sam Bell Maxey State Historic House Site, Paris

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Sam Bell Maxey was a Mexican War veteran, a former Confederate general, and future U.S. Senator when his family moved into their fashionable, newly built home on the south side of Paris in 1868. In this home, the Maxey family navigated the political and social landscape from Reconstruction Era Texas through the First World War. The home’s newly restored interiors showcase original family furnishings, clothing, and letters. These give insight into the lives of the three generations of the family that bore witness to Reconstruction’s challenging legacy.

Guided tours are given on the hour starting at 9 a.m., with the last tour starting at 3 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Self-guided tours are available anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.


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  • we go to lots of old houses. hundreds, maybe. this one is OK. the price is reasonable. the docent gives you a pamphlet, turns on a brief video and then you're on your own. nothing wrong with that...  more »
  • This is very well preserved and furnished and very interesting historical value, and the curators are wonderful and very informative.  more »
  • This place was amazing. I took my family there and had an amazing time. We were the only ones there so we got a little special tour. We got to spend a little more time there and ask more questions then I normally would in a group. The guide was awesome. He was very knowledgeable about the family, the area, and the history beyond just the family and house. I want to go back to see some updates they are working on and to see what else they gave learned.
  • Beautifully furnished and interesting. Well worth the time to visit.
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