Welcome to the Sam Houston Schoolhouse State Historic Site! We hope you enjoy your visit. Come in and sit a spell. Imagine it is the year 1812 and Samuel Houston is your schoolmaster.
What was school like in the early days of America? Simpler, indeed…but easier? Not quite. Students here learn quickly that life was hard, but full of fun. We teach students of all ages book learnin’, colonial games, and old-fashioned chores like candle-making, corn grinding, quilting, and washboard laundering. School and scout field trips are our specialty and a delight to us as well as the students!
Everyone here receives a warm welcome.
April through June, and September through November, students can experience a day at school in colonial times. Visit with a costumed museum interpreter who will help answer your questions about the schoolhouse, artifacts and grounds. In the gift shop you will find arts and crafts fashioned by local artisans and many hard-to-find books about Sam Houston and Blount County, written by local authors.
“This project is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Historical Commission, a Tennessee Historical Commission State-Owned Historic Site, and supplemented by additional funds raised by “The Sam Houston Memorial Association.”
Take a tour of our museum where we have collected artifacts from Sam Houston’s life and from the time period when he was the schoolmaster at the school.
We have souvenirs, books, postcards and antiques for sale in our giftshop.
The lovely grounds (especially beautiful in the spring and fall) and Raven Hall pavilion can be reserved for weddings, receptions, teas, luncheons, group picnics, reunions, etc. Reservations are available a year in advance; make your reservations as quickly as possible as available dates fill up quickly!
ADMISSION:$3.00 / person, ages 10 +
HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
We are closed Mondays, Good Friday/Easter weekend (will reopen on Tuesday following Easter Sunday), July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and all major holidays. The schoolhouse will close the last Saturday before Christmas and reopen on first Tuesday in February.
To schedule or customize a group tour, call (865) 983-1550.
In case of inclement weather the schoolhouse follows the Blount County School System weather related closures/schedule.