Travel Time at the W.H. Stark House

Everyone that I know can tell you that I love to travel.  It must be a part of my sign, which is a Sagittarius.  I especially love to look at different books and web sites about Italy, Australia and France.  I would love to go one of those places before I die.  I think if I was a millionaire, I would never be home.  I would be out traveling the world and looking at the many great places, especially landmarks.  Landmarks are one of the greatest things to see in the world because it tells you a lot of our history and how things were years ago.  One of the places I would love to visit is the W.H. Stark House.

W.H. Stark House is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is designated a recorded Texas Historic Landmark by the Texas Historical Commission.  It is located in beautiful Orange, Texas, which is in the Southern part of Texas.  By looking at the picture below you can tell it is a beautiful Victorian Home.  It was built in 1894 and it is 14,000 square feet and has 15 rooms.  It was occupied by well known philanthropists, William Henry Stark and his wife, Miriam M. Lutcher Stark until their deaths in 1936.  Their son H.J. Lutcher Stark, originally planned to restore the Victorian home but he also passed away before that could ever happened, which was in 1965.

After Mr. and Mrs. Stark died, the house was vacant until 1971.   That was the same year that started a ten-year extensive restoration by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation.  The house was badly damaged by termites so it needed a lot of work. On the outside, they painted the whole house; replaced some wood, installed new windows and the chimneys were removed, numbered then replaced in the original location. In the inside, the wood paneling, fireplaces, doors, fabrics and ceilings all had to be redone too.  The house was then opened to the public for tours in 1981.  Just by looking at the beautiful pictures that are featured on the web site, I can’t wait to see this house in person.  Maybe I’ll make plans to go to their annual Thanksgiving event that runs in November through December 1st.  Aside from the house being beautiful, the tour prices are great too; $5 for adults, $2 for seniors and children over 10 years old.

*Click here to see all the wonderful rooms this home has.  Click here to see other stunning gardens that you must add to your bucket list!

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