August 11, 2012 | Tips from Travellers >
Houston, Historic & Heritage Sites
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I went and explored the historic buildings in Houston the other day. The most prominent features of this historic walk are the first school house and first church built in Houston. While the historic walk is a work in progress, it is already very interesting. On weekdays during the summer anyone can tour through the first church and truly step into the past.
The Houston Visitor Center offered information on the first school house constructed. Apparently the school house has been standing since 1916! The school house is one room with no washroom or running water; it was heated by a wood space heater. The school was used until 1954 as a school and as a meeting area for council members.
I was able to find information about the church as well. The church was the Church of St. Clement and it too was originally constructed in 1916. Originally it was used as a Mission House, but was later rebuilt as a Church of St. Clement in 1953. When the church became too small for the growing Houston population, a new church was built and the old church was retired.
It amazes me how well the old buildings are preserved. Along the walk as well you can see some old fire equipment along with other miscellaneous things. Taking in all the historic buildings and things really helped me connect with the town I was raised in.