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Address: 890 W State Highway 56, Bonham, TX 75418-8605
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+1 903-583-5558
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09:00 - 16:30
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Step in the warm and welcoming world of one of Texas's best-known statesmen...

Step in the warm and welcoming world of one of Texas's best-known statesmen at this site in Bonham. A 1930s radio, photos of Franklin Roosevelt, period china and other Rayburn family treasures greet you as you stroll through the 1916 home and grounds. Fondly known as Mr. Sam, Rayburn was one of the most powerful and influential politicians in the 20th century, serving 24 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. His 1947 Cadillac, a historic smokehouse, barn, and garage complete the homestead of this true American patriot.

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While traveling through Texas we took a side trip to Bonham just to visit the Sam Rayburn House and it was well worth the detour. The Texas Historical Commission has done a superb... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 September 2016
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

While traveling through Texas we took a side trip to Bonham just to visit the Sam Rayburn House and it was well worth the detour. The Texas Historical Commission has done a superb job of restoring the house to reflect the time Mr. Rayburn lived there. We were the only visitors and had an in-depth guided tour. The docent was... More 

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Rockwall, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

I had heard of Sam Rayburn while growing up, from my parents and grand-parents, but never thought to learn about the man. Not long after moving to the DFW area I got in the truck on the weekends and just drove. One Saturday I found myself in Bonham and followed the brown signs to the historical site. I was the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

My wife and I enjoyed our tour of the Rayburn House. Together with our mom and dad, we toured the home and grounds with the docent and intern. They gave us the history of the house and some of its stories in an engaging and pleasant manner. We enjoyed seeing some 1930s/1940s fixtures and furnishings; and seeing some of Speaker... More 

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Ector, TX
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

Many locals still remember with affection "Mr. Sam", the longest serving Speaker of the US House of Representatives. His home in Bonham is worth viewing. There's a feeling of quaint nostalgia here. The docents are knowledgeable & friendly. The historical tidbits they share with you are interesting; not a dry fact among them! Definitely worth a couple hours of your... More 

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Bixby, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

Only way to see it is to take a tour. The guide was loaded with knowledge and stories of when Sam lived there. Many original artifacts, so you need to wear booties and not touch. They're continuing to restore and enhance the house and grounds. Photography currently not allowed, but we were told they're seriously considering changing that so the... More 

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Thank Harvey39_47
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016 via mobile

Texas Historical Commission is doing a wonderful job of preserving the place. Tour guide was very knowledgeable, did not rush, and answered all our questions. Guided tours only, no photography inside, and continuing to expand the exhibits with a recent renovation of the barn. Farm still has a caretaker that keeps the chickens and plants a garden.

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1 Thank Paula M
Powderly, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2015

Well preserved home and property of the former Democrat Speaker-of-the-House. There is a quaint visitors center and several buildings to visit. Most everything in the tour is original, which is always a treat for my family to see in a home museum. The docent gave a wonderful tour of the house and grounds. We recommended you stop in!

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Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2014 via mobile

Tour guide was fun and informative! Grounds were beautiful and restoration well done! Exhibit in visitor center very informative and signage was well done! Don't miss it!

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2013

The tour guides really know their stuff. I learned so much about Sam Rayburn and his family. They have preserved many artifacts and the house is amazing. I would recommend going to the library and museum too.

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Paris, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2013

Sam Rayburn's house has been recently restored to its condition at Speaker's Rayburn's death. When walking in the front door, you expect Mr. Sam's sister to greet you as was their routine. Because he had lived here since 1916, the tour takes you from pre-electric days through the addition of phones and television. The history lessons are on many levels,... More 

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