The Heritage Society is the city's only outdoor, interactive historic museum and park. Nestled in 10 acres of beautiful green parkland in the heart of downtown Houston, The Heritage Society boasts 9 historic structures dating from 1823 to 1905.
The Heritage Society was founded in 1954 by renowned Houstonians Faith Bybee, Harvin Moore and Marie Phelps in order to save the 1847 Kellum-Noble House from demolition. They had one goal in mind: preserve the hastily disappearing past of this great city for the education of future generations.
Sam Houston Park
As the new century began in 1900, Mayor Sam Brashear bought the Kellum-Noble land and house on the edge of town to create Sam Houston Park–the city's first. By 1910, it had been landscaped into a Victorian delight with an old mill, a stream, a rustic bridge and paths. Sam Houston Park has been the home of The Heritage Society since 1954 and has been designated as a Protected Landmark by the City of Houston.
The Heritage Society Museum Gallery
Also located on The Heritage Society campus in Sam Houston Park, at the corner of Bagby and Lamar Streets, is a Museum Gallery dedicated to preserving Houston's history.