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Ace of Clubs House, Texarkana

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#187 of 308 in Museums in Texas
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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  • We stopped by for the 10:00 tour. The gates were locked and the place looked pretty run down. We called the number that connected us with the Texas museum network. They were nice enough, but not helpf...  more »
  • Our tour guide was very sweet. The shape of the house was better seen from the inside. I loved the history of the house and the shoe collection was crazy! It all needs some updates but that takes cert...  more »
  • I only checked the hours online and didn't call to confirm, and the house appeared to be closed when we arrived. We were looking forward to seeing the house because it's really cool from the outside, ...  more »
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  • Guide was very knowledgeable. Must call to set a time to view because guides are limited.
  • I was very pleasantly surprised at how good the tour was. Beautiful house inside. I hppe many more people go to see this treasure
  • 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.
  • A cool experience! This house features a 500-pair collection of shoes and the first color TV in Texas. Amazing design and decor throughout!
  • Neat, historic, great stories behind it. A must-see when visiting T-town.

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