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of General Sam Houston and a legendary
The home, designed by San Antonio
architect James Phelp, was completed by
the area's finest craftsmen in 1914. The
almost-completed renovation of the structure
by its current owners, will restore the
mansion to its original character and design.
Founded in 1825, Gonzales is rich in
Texas history. The first shot of the Texas
Revolution was fired from the banks of the
Guadalupe River in 1835 here, gaining the
town the reputation as the "Lexington of
Texas". Nearby is the Bracas House, where
General Sam Houston camped while he
trained his army for the battle that led to
victory at San Jacinto and the birth of The
Republic of Texas.
Bed e& Breakfast Inn
.921 Heights Blvd.
The Durham House Bed and Breakfast
Inn is a fully restored Queen Anne Victorian
home listed on the National Register
of Historic Places.
The home was the residence of the Jay
L. Durhams, a young couple who narrowly
escaped Galveston's great flood and hurricane
of 1900. Durham later became the
first fire chief of Houston Heights; today
the Heights is a neighborhood of historic
homes and tree-lined boulevards that
thrives in comfortable proximity to the
heart of downtown Houston.
The six-bedroom Durham Inn, with
beautiful antique Victorian furniture and
artifacts, is located close to the city's museum
and arts district.
Top photo: The Durham House Bed and Breakfast is located in the historic Heights section of Houston.
Below: The Hotel Limpia in downtown Fort Davis served originally as a social and business center for
ranchers in West Texas. (Photograph by Todd Jagger.)
Bed and Breakfast Inn
306 East Delta Street
This beautiful bed and breakfast, built
in 1851, has been the home of a cabinet
maker, a blockade runner, and Captain
Hector McKay, a Confederate Army officer.
Officially called the Alley-McKay
House, the home was constructed by Daniel
Alley, one of the co- founders of the town
Recent preservation work on the
McKay House has occurred during the last
several years and began when the original
front four rooms were restored by the
present owner to their original elegance in
Jefferson is home of the new Texas
Heritage Archives and Library, the Jefferson
Museum, and has a lovely historic district
featuring many restored homes, antique
shops, and other interesting buildings. Lady
Bird Johnson, who is a frequent visitor to
the area, was born nearby and stayed with
an aunt in Jefferson while attending high
(La Grange Bedi& Breakfast)
458 N. Mfonroe Street
Built in 1882 by Axel Meerscheidt, an
early developer of La Grange and Fayette
County, the graceful Victorian structure
has been home to several prominent La
Grange merchants and private citizens. The
present owners have restored both the interior
and exterior of the four-bedroom home
and furnished it with period antiques.
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