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Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site


812 South Church Street
Paris, TX 75460
United States

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Sam Bell Maxey State Historic Site, a Texas Historical Commission property, is situated in the historic district of Paris, a northeast Texas community. The two-story frame residence is built in the High Victorian Italianate style and was considered a proper home for the family of Sam Bell Maxey, the West Point-educated Mexican War veteran, Confederate general and two-term U.S. senator. Maxey and his wife Marilda raised their family and hosted many distinguished guests in this home, which was commonly regarded as a town social center. Family members lived continuously in the house for 99 years until 1967, when they donated the home to the city of Paris. In March 1971, the Sam Maxey Bell House was officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places and transferred to state ownership in 1976. Restoration continues, but was initially completed on September 1, 1980, when the house was opened to the public for tours. Today, the site explores the real stories of a prominent Texas family and how they cherished and modified their Victorian residence and grounds to reflect changing styles and trends in architecture, interior design and technology. Visitors experience the family's daily life through original furnishings, clothing and photographs.