After 37 years of a tour of homes at Christmas in a small town, it’s no surprise that it’s difficult to get people to open their homes. At least, that’s what I assume, since most of the homes this year were small and not unique.
Tickets can be purchased at Doss Heritage and Cultural Center, so we always start at the museum.
Tickets can be purchased at Doss Heritage and Culture Center. So that’s where we always start.
The western tree is always impressive.
One of the trees is this small pencil tree.
The Loving- Pinner house was built in 1857. The house is well known because Oliver Loving, the cattle rancher who started the Goodnight-Loving trail, lived there from 1862 to 1866. This small house with two bedrooms was where he and his wife raised nine children.
Fortunately, most of the year in Texas is warm or hot, so the children could have slept outside on the covered porch. During the winter, they must have been stacked like firewood on the floor. The cabinets with the glass doors were in the master bedroom. The house still has the original porch, doors with hardware, high ceilings, and glass transoms. But I’m not sure when these cabinets were installed.
This panel has older looking scenes, but there was no mention of age.
This Second Empire French Neo-Renaissance style house was constructed of hand quarried native stone. Therefore, the outside walls are 20 inches thick.
In the small entry, a spiral staircase was handcrafted. The banister was made from a single pine tree. Using heat, it was twisted to fit the curve of the staircase.
The staircase in the back of the house leads from the upstairs down to the dining room. The house features curved walls in most rooms.
The chandelier over the dining room table is original to the house and is from France.
Bathroom sink installed in old sewing machine cabinet.
This piano is old and extremely heavy.
The gingerbread man on this pillow is three dimensional.
It was a cold, rainy, blustery day outside, but people still came out to see the homes.
“Weather means more when you have a garden. There’s nothing like listening to a shower and thinking bout how it is soaking in around your green beans.”