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Ace of Clubs House, Texarkana

(4.2/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web)
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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  • 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 »
  • The exterior of the house is the best part. Once inside, there are some period antiques that are quite lovely, but I was disappointed by the amount of "this is similar to what would have been here," i...  more »
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  • 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.
  • A beautiful home that is a Texarkana jewel. Fun to visit, especially during the Christmas season when it is nicely decorated.