Friday, December 13, 1996

Woodland Home To Get New Roof

The Huntsville home Sam Houston once called "my little cabin in the woods" has undergone numerous renovations since the winter of 1847-48 when the Texas hero and then U.S. Senator built it on the site where it stands today.

This winter, with the help of a Texas Preservation Trust Fund grant, the historic Woodland Home will undergo yet another repair: it's getting a new roof.

Though not a major renovation, the $10,000 refurbishment and the $2,500 funding initiative are being taken seriously by the staff of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, caretakers of the hallowed structure.

Houston lived in the Woodland Home approximately 10 years, from 1848 to 1858. The home was sold in the fall of 1858 and the Houstons moved to a home at Cedar Point on Galveston Bay. Shortly thereafter, Houston was elected governor of Texas and moved into the Governor's Mansion in Austin.  Deposed as governor when he refused to pledge allegiance to the Confederate States of America, Houston soon moved back to Huntsville and lived in the Steamboat House, where he died of pneumonia in 1863.

In the 138 years since Houston sold his Woodland Home, the structure has undergone a myriad of transformations. After a series of owners, in the 1880s the dwelling was renovated for use as a boarding house for girls attending the Sam Houston Normal Institute.