Cultural and Historical Huntsville Attractions

Huntsville, Texas is filled with tons of cultural activities that hearken back to the city’s rich history. Historical Huntsville attractions include everything from memorial museums and old, preserved architecture to a historic cemetery that hosts ghost tours. Are you ready to experience the blast from the past this city has to offer? Take your friends and family out to the following awesome activities.

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Huntsville Cultural District: This is the place to go when you’re looking for historic attractions, no matter what it is. The homes of many old, wealthy families are here, along with several art centers and galleries showcasing Huntsville’s heritage.

Gibbs-Powell House Museum: Also referred to as the Walker County Historical Museum, this house was formerly owned by businessman Thomas Gibbs and has grown into a recognized historical landmark of Texas. It also features many donated historical artifacts.

Huntsville Ghost Tours: Starting at 9 p.m. in the summer and 7 p.m. in the winter, ghost tours occur every Thursday and Friday and begin at historic Oakwood Cemetery. It’s just $5 per child and $12 per adult.

There are many more historical Huntsville attractions besides these. Why not head down to the cultural district to explore? We at Wiesner of Huntsville stand by the rich heritage of our community and encourage everyone to explore what it has to offer.

Why Do We Love Willis?

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  • Willis is right next to Lake Conroe, where you can rent a boat for a day on the lake. You can also have dinner and dance on the water by hopping on a Southern
    Empress Cruise.
  • It’s near the beautiful Sam Houston National Forest for those that need their nature fix or want to go for a nice hike, bike, or camping trip.
  • Speaking of camping, Willis is home to several campgrounds, with Sunset Harbor Resort, the Landing, and Thousand Trails just to name a few.
  • Who doesn’t love the Gator Motorplex – stop by on a Saturday night with the family for a fun night of racing entertainment!
  • Want to hit some pristine greens and test your swing? Look no further than the Texas National Golf Course on Club House Drive.
  • If there isn’t enough time to go camping but you still want to enjoy the great outdoors, Willis is also home to many parks, including Charles Traylor Park and Pine Circle Park among others.
  • Rich with history, Willis, Texas became a community when the Great Northern Railroad decided to run a track from Houston to Chicago. The Willis brothers donated their land in 1870 to the railroad and soon saw a prosperous community develop. The main crops of the time included tobacco, cash crops of cotton, watermelons, and tomatoes. By 2020, Willis will be celebrating 150 years of establishment!
  • Let’s not forget about the Lone Survivor, Marcus Luttrell. Willis is hometown to the “Southern Boy,” who also attended Sam Houston State University!
  • Willis is also home to the Hidden Gem Diner… no explanation needed.

Summer Road Trip Destinations from Wiesner of Huntsville

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As July comes to an end and families race to the store to stock up on school supplies, we here at Wiesner of Huntsville want to help you to take a step back and squeeze in one last summer road trip before it’s all over. That’s why we’ve compiled a short list of destinations in Texas to visit as a weekend getaway that would still be suitable enough to call a “summer road trip.”

  1. Visit Houston, Texas, the fourth-largest city in America! There are endless restaurants, museums, parks, and shopping venues to visit, so there’s something for the whole family. Take a gander through the American Cowboy Museum, see a show at one of the Stages Repertory Theatres, or even hit up a Houston Astros game. The kids will love it, too.
  2. If you’re not feeling a long drive, do some of the things in Huntsville you haven’t done in a while (or at all)! Pack a picnic, go horseback-riding, or even fish at the Huntsville State Park. Take an interesting look through the Huntsville Texas Prison Museum. Learn about the past at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum. Huntsville is full of history, just take a look around.

From all of us at Wiesner of Huntsville, we wish you safe travels on any journey you take!