[805 S. Sycamore - George Edward Dilley House]

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Photograph of the northeast corner of the "George Edward Dilley House" located at 805 S. Sycamore in Palestine, Texas. The two-story house is painted white and has decorative woodwork around the front porch, as well as a mansard roof and a widow's walk with cast iron handrails. There is a decorative metal fence enclosing the yard.

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1 photograph : positive, col. ; 35 mm.

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McReynolds, Oliver February 1992.

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This photograph is part of the collection entitled: Rescuing Texas History, 2007 and was provided by Palestine Public Library to The Portal to Texas History, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 53 times . More information about this photograph can be viewed below.

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Located in Anderson County, the Palestine Public Library provides access to information and various programs for the community's benefit. They received a Rescuing Texas History grant to aid in digitization of select materials, including photos taken during a Historic Resources Study in 1991.

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Photograph of the northeast corner of the "George Edward Dilley House" located at 805 S. Sycamore in Palestine, Texas. The two-story house is painted white and has decorative woodwork around the front porch, as well as a mansard roof and a widow's walk with cast iron handrails. There is a decorative metal fence enclosing the yard.

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1 photograph : positive, col. ; 35 mm.

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This house, located at 805 S. Sycamore Street, was once the home to George Edward Dilley and family, owners of the Dilley Foundry. Mr. Dilley and his father, George Mansfield Dilley established the Lone Star Iron & Brass Works, which was renamed the George M. Dilley & Son Foundry in 1873. The house was finished in late August 1880 and is located on S. Sycamore Street, which was once referred to as 'Silk Stocking Road'. Mr. Dilley was a bachelor when the house was finished, but evidentially he built it for his future bride. He was married to Mae Shepherd on February 10, 1881, and they resided in the house until her unexpected death from pneumonia on 19 January 1883, which occurred while he was out of town on business. He married Lucy Van Deursen on 10 June 1884 and they had two children, Edna May Dilley and Clarence Van Deursen Dilley. After his father’s death in 1910, George Edward changed the name of the foundry to Geo. E. Dilley and Son to include his son Clarence. Three generations of Dilley men operated the Dilley Foundry from the beginning until it closed about 1940.

The house has a mansard roof and a widow's walk with cast iron handrails. At one time, the lawn was enclosed with a fence of arrowhead pickets, as were many others in Palestine. As of May 2006, the house was still owned by descendants of the Dilley Family.

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Rescuing Texas History, 2007

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  • February 1992

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  • June 26, 2007, 2:04 p.m.

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  • Feb. 10, 2014, 7:49 p.m.

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McReynolds, Oliver. [805 S. Sycamore - George Edward Dilley House], photograph, February 1992; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26395/: accessed June 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Palestine Public Library.