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Maxey House Hosts Photography And Archeology Events

PARIS, Texas – Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site is hosting two community events in early October: East Texas Photography on Friday the 7th and Archeology Day on Saturday the 8th. The East Texas Photography event will exhibit the photography of Paris locals Donna Spurgin of Angel Girl Photography and Troy Phoenix. Rarely seen, Maxey Collection photographs will also be on display, and staff will be available to discuss how historians and museums use photography to interpret history. The East Texas Photography event is from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Friday, October 7. Tickets are $5, cash preferred, and includes a self-guided tour of the house.

The Maxey House also participates in Texas Archeology Month, a celebration of Texas’ archeology heritage observed each October. Archeology Day at the Maxey House is a free event with hands-on activities for kids and families on October 8 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. The Maxey House will also have two free outdoor exhibits that visitors can see throughout the month. The first outdoor exhibit focuses on the historic structures that once stood on the grounds but are no longer there. Visitors can read more information on each by scanning QR codes next to each structure’s outline. The exhibit is located on-site at 812 South Church Street in Paris and can be explored seven days a week from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

The second exhibit is at Evergreen Cemetery, 560 Evergreen Street in Paris, where visitors can learn about the meanings behind different symbols on specific gravestones by scanning QR codes. Visitors can explore Evergreen Cemetery seven days a week from dawn until dusk.

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For more information on these events, please get in touch with the site at 903.785.5716, visit the site’s website at, or Facebook page at

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