March 31, 2017

Preservation Personals: Spacious Farmhouse Seeks Texan At Heart

  • By: Jared Foretek

You know a Texan when you meet one. The size, history, and independence of the state gives it an identity all its own. And once you get to know me, you'll see I'm as Texan as they get.

A gorgeous three bed, four bath farmhouse just outside the historic town of Independence, I was built back in 1883 by Altreus and Katherine Clay. The family’s lineage goes back to some of the area's first settlers, and Altreus and his brother both fought for the Eighth Texas Cavalry—known as “Terry’s Texas Rangers”—during the Civil War.

As goes the saying, everything’s bigger in this house. I’m so roomy I was previously used as a bed-and-breakfast called the House of Altreus (just because we talk with a twang doesn’t mean we can’t make a good Greek mythology pun), and my five acres have enough space for an enclosed pool, basement wine cellar, and metal shop with guest quarters.

The first floor layout is open and spacious, featuring a double-sided fireplace in the dining and living area, high ceilings, and hardwood floors. The master bedroom suite has its own fireplace, and upstairs are two more bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a lounge area.

Outside, the ancient pecan trees and oaks harken to the area’s storied history. The original site of Baylor University, Independence grew to become one of the most prosperous communities in Texas before the Civil War, and many other beautiful historic structures still dot the landscape. So if you’ve always been a Texan at heart, you’ll be right at home here.

Texas Farmhouse Exterior

photo by: Susan S. Kiel

Brenham, Texas 77833.

Texas Farmhouse dining room

photo by: Susan S. Kiel

The dining and living area features a double-sided fireplace.

Texas Farmhouse Bedroom

photo by: Susan S. Kiel

The master bedroom fills up with natural light.

Jared Foretek is an editorial intern at the National Trust. He enjoys historic train stations, old bars, and interesting public spaces.

jforetek@savingplaces.org

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