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Ace of Clubs House, Texarkana

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#214 of 309 in Museums in Texas
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Built in 1885 by local lumberman and developer, James Harris Draughon, at a cost of around $15,000, this octagonal Italianate Victorian style home is a one-of-a-kind. After two years of ownership, James Draughon sold the house to William L. Whitaker, also a local lumberman and railroad investor. The Whitaker Family enjoyed the home for seven years and even hosted its most prominent dinner guest, railroad baron Jay Gould. In 1894, the Whitakers sold the home to Henry Moore, Sr. and his wife Katharine Fleming Moore for $10,155. Henry Moore, Sr. and his oldest son, Henry Moore, Jr. were both locally prominent attorneys and planters. The Moore Family owned the home for the next 91 years. Three generations of their family lived there from 1894 to 1985. It was the wish of their daughter-in-law, Olivia Smith Moore, the home's last owner, to have the house operated as a museum. It was deeded to the Texarkana Museums System according to her will in 1985 and has been open to the general public for tours since 1988. The collections include original family furnishings, personal belongings, and archival materials.
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  • This was a very interesting place to visit. It is an old house in need of restoration, but, nevertheless, very interesting. Besides the shoes, the black and gold moldings were very different. A video ...  more »
  • The Ace of Clubs House is an experience of walking back in time to a simpler life in early 20th Century Texarkana (east Texas). The video history is interesting and complete, making the tour much more...  more »
  • Texarkana is unique city sitting between 2 states and coming to from the 3rd one (Louisiana). You are planning to visit the city and historical houses? Good luck on that! Ace of Club House hours were ...  more »
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  • It was awsome. The one that did my tour explained things vety well. She anwsered all of my questions. The place is absolutely beautiful. The work that went into this house is not found evrry day. I want to live there. It is a must-see place.
  • Neat, historic, great stories behind it. A must-see when visiting T-town.
  • A cool experience! This house features a 500-pair collection of shoes and the first color TV in Texas. Amazing design and decor throughout!
  • It's pretty neat. Think 'Cribs' for rich people of the late 19th century.
  • Very ornate old home.