Walk around Woodland, the Houston family home on the grounds of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum in Huntsville, and you'll see the human side of the hero. The small house is a typical Texas Hill Country cottage built of logs and covered with clapboard. Sam lived here from 1847 to 1859, and guided tours—complete with costumed docents—help interpret the Texas hero's life. You can also see blacksmiths working on the property, and ladies spinning wool and cooking by the fire. The intimate, simple contours of life in Sam Houston's day are striking. As they say, "Big things have small beginnings."