The schoolhouse where Sam Houston taught

Sam Houston Schoolhouse State Historic Site is where Houston taught in 1812. It will host Community Appreciation Day on Saturday with free admission, craft show, live music and plant sale.

The structure at 3650 Sam Houston School Road in Maryville bears the name of a Tennessee soldier, statesman and two-state governor.

Caretaker Jackie Bell Boling just recently took over those duties at the historic site and wants to invite this community to learn more about Sam Houston and partake of some fun weekend activities.

On Saturday, Oct. 2, the grounds, museum and schoolhouse at Sam Houston Historic Schoolhouse will be open, free of charge, for Community Appreciation Day, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Boling said it started out being a craft show for a few but has evolved into a day of live music, food and several crafters sure to bring their fall and holiday wares to sell. The band Southern Drive will entertain.

In addition, the Blount County Master Gardeners will be on hand for a plant sale of what they’ve been growing in their own gardens.

Over the years, this registered State Historic Site, has held open houses and other public events. Boling said she wants to introduce this important place to those who may not have ever stepped foot on the premises.

“I have talked to people who say they’ve never been here,” Boling said. The schoolhouse was built in 1794 and served as the classroom where Sam Houston taught school. While school groups have taken field trips here, there is still a wide population that’s never visited, she said.

Of course, familiar faces also are welcome to come back for this special day, Boling said.

Houston served in the U.S. Army and later became a lawyer and then a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives. He was elected Tennessee governor in 1827. He moved to Texas and became its governor in 1859.

In the future, Boling said she wants to have more community events with bands on-site, playing bluegrass, gospel and country music. She also said this property is available to rent for things like birthday parties, reunions and weddings. People like to picnic here because of the beautiful property and it’s much less crowded that going into the national park, she added.

It’s important to keep this piece of history alive, Boling said. To do that, volunteers are needed. She said Community Appreciation Day aims to draw some curious shoppers and history lovers.

It will be a good time,” she said.

Melanie joined The Daily Times in the early 90s and has served as the Life section editor since 1993. A William Blount and UT alum, Melanie is generally the early arriver who turns on the lights in the newsroom.

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