This tour showcases more than 30 beautiful monumental buildings that were developed as early as 1831, creating a scenic course while educating visitors about Huntsville's historic sites.
This tour allows you to discover modern downtown Huntsville, its rich historical heritage, cultural development, and ongoing urban beautification. Downtown Huntsville grew as the seat of Walker County welcoming prominent leaders including General Sam Houston, Henderson Yoakum, and Anthony Martin Branch.
Explore the monuments inside the Oakwood Cemetery, the final resting place for many people of historical prominence, including General Sam Houston. Pleasant Gray, the founder of Huntsville, deeded the land for this cemetery to the City of Huntsville in 1847.
This tour guides visitors through the artistic beauty of Huntsville's monuments, murals and statues. This unique display of Huntsville treasures captures history through various expressive works of art.
This tour reveals a curious aspect of Huntsville that intrigues many visitors. Huntsville is the home of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The Prison Driving Tour features the Texas Prison Museum, area prisons, and the prison cemetery.
Welcome to the Huntsville Historical Trail. As you travel through the trail, we hope that you have fun as you learn a little history of our town, including Sam Houston’s connection to it. This trail is open to anyone but was designed with youth groups in mind such as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and church groups. To earn a patch, especially designed for this trail, you must complete the questions listed in this booklet and do a small service project at either the Josey Scout Lodge, Sam Houston Museum Complex or Oakwood Cemetery. Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups are also required to spend one night at either the Josey Scout Lodge or Huntsville State Park. Families and other individuals are encouraged to stay in one of Huntsville hotels.
The sites can be visited in any order, but the following is suggested. All the sites, except for the Sam Houston Statue and visitor’s center, are within walking distance. If you decide to walk, you can park at the Josey Lodge (a total of approximately 4 miles to walk the trail and return to the Lodge) or at the Sam Houston Museum Complex (a distance of about 3 miles to return).