History & Museums
Sam Houston Memorial Museum
Located on 15 acres of the Houston family's original homestead, the museum celebrates the life of General Sam Houston. At the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, students and patrons alike can experience rich Texas history and explore the life and legacy of General Sam Houston.
Texas Prison Museum
The Texas Prison Museum offers an intriguing glimpse into the lives of the state's imprisoned citizens. The museum features numerous exhibits detailing the history of the Texas prison system, featuring a look inside the operations behind the fences and walls.
HEARTS Veterans Museum
HEARTS Museum is a one of a kind Museum. It's not a typical military museum, but rather a museum about people, particularly the veterans who have served to protect our nation, preserve our freedom, and to secure the freedom of people around the world.
Walker County Museum: Gibbs-Powell House
The Gibbs-Powell Home , also known as the Walker County Historical Museum, was built in 1862 by Thomas Gibbs, an early Huntsville businessman. It is built in the Greek revival style, popular in Huntsville and in the South at that time. The Gibbs family was often visited at the home by personal friend Sam Houston. The house has been the home to several generations of Gibbs and Powell families. Female boarders attending Sam Houston Normal Institute in the Nineteenth Century roomed upstairs. Through the interest of Judge and Mrs. Ben H. Powell III, this home has remained unchanged, and the interior as well as the furniture and furnishings were preserved to be used as a museum. The house is both a Texas Archaeological Landmark and a recorded Texas Historical Landmark and is operated by the Walker County Historical Commission as a county museum. Furniture, furnishings, books, newspapers, and documents have also been donated by other local families to help accentuate the atmosphere of a gracious family home.
Oakwood Cemetery is best known as the burial site for Gen. Sam Houston, but it has many more interesting stories. It is also a very beautiful area filled with trees old trees and artistic monuments and markers.
One of the primary statutory duties of county historical commissions is to research and approve historical markers for the county. Walker County now has over 80 historical markers full of interesting facts from Huntsville's past.