Did you know that Rutherford B H Yates Museum rates 4.9/5 based on 25 total ratings?
Reviews for Rutherford B H Yates Museum
2 months ago
This is a significant and moving part of Houston’s history. A tour of Yates home was enlightening because of the wonderful docents. A walk around the block revealed brick streets that I didn’t know existed, built by the residents, many of whom were bricklayer. Treat yourself.
a month ago
It was a completely incredible experience. I was raised in Houston and had no idea of the black brilliance that literally pathed the way. Thank you for preserving this story.
2 weeks ago
We visited this establishment on Saturday, our second day in Houston. Catherine and Ms Lou we’re extremely nice. Unfortunately I attempted to schedule a Freedmen’s Town tour with a couple of black Houston tour guides to no avail. After one email, Catherine promptly scheduled us for a 1 pm tour on Saturday. Upon arrival our tour guides gave us a short tour outside showing us the revitalization under way by volunteers of some of the historic homes in Freedmen’s town including a prominent black lawyer’s house, and Rutherford Yates home. The brick roads are also extremely historic and it was enlightening to discuss the African influence on the architecture and design of the roads and homes in this area. We did not get a chance to see the Masonic temple or barber shop due to the heat outside. We were taken indoors to the Rutherford Yates house which underwent an extreme restoration of a house that was deemed beyond salvageable. The indoor museum was amazing with many artifacts of past life in Freedmen’s town. The museum also includes a replica of the town in model format. There is also an inventor room with many great inventions and the patents of black inventors including the super soaker, toilet, traffic light, and famous inventors such as Madam CJ Walker. The museum has big plans to create separate themed museums within Freedmen’s town. This would include a museum that focuses on the legal and education contributions made by black people, and the printer contributions which Rutherford Yates was. The museum is also looking for some artifacts to add to their collection including a glass pane for one of their wooden doors, and an older water closet to include in the bathroom they have included. The restoration work done on the Rutherford Yates house was very impressive and the outreach to the community is amazing. This museum features programs for the youth of the community and even involves local colleges for the restoration and work including Texas Southern University. They also have a little gift shop in the museum which has t shirts, books, and other memorabilia for sale. We donated $10 to the museum’s donation box since the tour is free to the public. The museum has also utilized the work of two black women that are two of few restoration architects in the country! It’s unfortunate that the city of Houston has destroyed many of the original brick roads that were built by black brick layers which was of the highest skill and quality. The museum has unfortunately had to sue the city for attempting to destroy this entire neighborhood. They were able to save several homes which they are planning to revitalize. The tireless work of these women and the community is amazing to protect and showcase the legacy of Houston’s Freedmen’s town. Catherine was even gracious enough to give us a ride to Sam Houston park for our next tour of the Reverend Jack Yates house. I would definitely recommend this tour and museum to anyone visiting Houston and locals that want to get in touch with the black history and heritage of Houston. I hope that this museum will continue to get donations and thrive in Houston for everyone to cherish what was and what is to come.
Did you know that Houston Police Museum rates 4.3/5 based on 73 total ratings?
Reviews for Houston Police Museum
a year ago
A fantastic collection. It really show the HPD in a good light and shows it evolution over its many decades of existence. Very enjoyable and informative for children and adults alike.
2 years ago
This was a really sweet stop. The Houston police museum is definitely a must go if you are in town passing by. They have a lot of memorabilia , and a nice set up of history.
Also it is free!
Make sure to have your I.D. on you or passport. 🙂
2 years ago
Definitely a museum worth visiting. I love that it’s free and shows some cool history. It was smaller than I expected, which is fine. If you’re bringing kids, also know that it’s not interactive. My kids got bored fast (they’re young). But I’m glad we went!
Did you know that Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern rates 4.6/5 based on 837 total ratings?
Reviews for Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern
3 weeks ago
Took my second historical tour of the Cistern with family today and it was just as good — if not better — as the first time. This is such a great half hour tour and covers tons of great Houston historical facts. If you have out of towners, bring them here to get a quick infusion of Houston history! Bonus: today our tour guide sang in the cistern and it was one of the most enchanting Houston experiences of my life.
a month ago
Beautiful and unique place. If you like architecture, engineering, brutalism… this is definitely worth seeing. The historical tour is short and you get to see plenty (there isn’t much anyways) by walking around the perimeter, the place is massive and the echo chamber effect is outstanding. The perspective distortion created by the water is crazy!
3 weeks ago
Took a work group here for a private tour and it was amazing. Rosemarie was our guide and she made the experience so unique and special. This is a true gem in our city and something everyone should experience!
Did you know that Kellum-Noble House rates 5/5 based on 2 total ratings?
Reviews for Kellum-Noble House
a year ago
The Kellum-Noble House is the oldest surviving building constructed in Houston. Even more remarkable, it stands on its original foundation and retains its original brick walls made with mud from Nathaniel Kellum’s brickyard on the banks of nearby Buffalo Bayou. From its location on the edge of what is now a major downtown business district, Kellum-Noble has witnessed the phenomenal growth of our city for more than a century.
The house was built in 1847 by Nathaniel Kellum, who had arrived in the young city of Houston, Republic of Texas, in 1839. It later was home to the Noble family, and during this time Zerviah Noble and her daughter Catherine operated one of the areas earliest schools in the house.
In 1899, the City of Houston purchased the house as part of the property for Houston’s first municipal park. The house served as a showpiece and a residence for the park keeper. For a short time, its grounds were the site of Houston’s first zoo. The Heritage Society was founded in 1954 to save Kellum-Noble, and its place in history, for future generations. Source: Heritage Society
a year ago
Beautiful historic home, built in 1847 it is the oldest house in Houston still in it’s original location. I highly recommend visiting this gem.