Gonzales: Sam Houston Oak and Braches House

The Braches House was built during the Texas Republic era, in the 1840s. It was a large house for the time and its Greek Revival plantation style was unusual and impressive for the area. Known as a stage stop during the Republic period, the house is a local legend.

The large oak tree (known as the “Sam Houston Oak”) in front of the house is alleged to be the spot where General Sam Houston received the news that the Alamo had fallen – and the defenders killed.

The home can be seen from the road or a tour can be arranged through the Gonzales Visitor Center.

Sam Houston Oak and Braches House

  • Hours: Tours by appointment only through Gonzales Chamber of Commerce
  • Admission: Transportation fee: $10, Entry: $5 per person
  • From Gonzales travel 8 miles east on Hwy 90-A, turn left on CR 361.
  • 830-672-6532
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  • National Register of Historic Places