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Maxey House Begins Summer Activities In June

PARIS, Texas – The Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site invites the community to start the summer with multiple events in June! Beginning June 8, the “Sam’s Summer Science Series” will be held on Thursdays at 3:00 pm and highlight scientific achievements during the time of the historic house with free STEM activities. On Saturday, June 18, the Maxey House will host a “Donuts with Dad” Father’s Day event with complimentary donuts, coffee, milk, and games on the grounds. And on Saturday, June 25, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, imaginative people of all ages are asked to join a “Fairy Garden Workshop” to create their fairy garden.

“The Maxey House is hoping to bring more families to the site this summer by providing a range of events for various ages,” said Elana Barton, site educator. The science series and Father’s Day event are accessible to the public. In addition, you need reservations for the “Fairy Garden Workshop.” It is $10 per fairy garden with all supplies provided. To register, please call the site at 903.785.5716 by June 23 to reserve your spot. For more information on the events, please get in touch with the Sam Bell Maxey House or visit the site’s website,, or the site’s Facebook page,

The Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site, a Texas Historical Commission property, was built in 1868 in the High Victorian Italianate style as the home of Samuel Bell Maxey and his wife, Marilda. Maxey served in the U.S.-Mexico War and was a Confederate general and two-term U.S. Senator. Members of the Maxey family lived in the house until 1966, and the restored house reflects almost 100 years of continuous use. For more information, visit