Experience Granbury, where Texas history lives. Stories unfold as you walk each elegant and historically relevant home for this holiday tradition. Browse below to preview the
2016 Granbury – A Candlelight Tour.
The Baker-Carmichael House
118 W. Bluff St
The house was built in 1907 by J.D. Brown and wife, Georgia. The architecture is considered to be Queen Anne Victorian, although built at a time when the Arts and Crafts Style had taken over. The home was designated as a Texas Historic Landmark in 1994 and a City of Granbury Landmark in 1999.
In the 1930s, the home and all of Mr. Brown’s belongings were sold on the Courthouse steps. It was purchased that day by the Carmichael family and not much later, in the 1940s, by the Bakers.
The Lock family has owned the home since the early 1980s. Very little renovations have been made, aside from an addition made to the back of the home. Carefully preserved, the Locks kept the integrity of the original footprint. You’ll find the original pine floors, woodwork, fireplace and staircase.
The home is cherished by the Lock family and provides a special gathering place for holidays and even weddings. Diane’s granddaughter was married on the front porch on a beautiful day in May. The preservation and sentiment the home brings is truly invaluable to our community.
121 W. Bluff St.
This High Style / Queen Anne influenced home was built in 1890. This home is also designated as a Texas Historic Landmark and City of Granbury Landmark.
Canadian merchant, J.C. Lees built the home for his wife, Cora Allen Lees and their young daughter. Cora was from Granbury and shortly after their move here, J.C. purchased a furniture store/undertaking business on the square from J.D. Foster. Mr. Lees soon became a prosperous merchant, sold the business and moved the family to Cleburne in 1895. S.L. Bowden purchased the home for $4000 and moved his wife and children in.
Bowden’s son-in-law bought the home years later and lived happily there with his second wife (his first wife passed) and family until 1945. The second Mrs. Bryan was the daughter of a merchant on the Square. Her father was the employer of John Street Helen who legend says claimed to be John Wilkes Booth. The gun he claimed to have assassinated President Lincoln with ended up in the second Mrs. Bryan’s possession!
Minimal changes have been made to the home and as a designated Landmark, great care is taken when historically renovating or preserving the home’s original details. Aptly named “Manor of Time”, it now serves as a Bed and Breakfast for Granbury tourists.
The Jarrett House
214 S. Lambert
Originally a 3 room house, for preservation, modernization, and sentimental reasons, this family heirloom evolved quite a bit over the last century or so. The home has remained in the Jarrett family since 1906 when it was purchased by Dr. A. R. Jarrett and his wife Sallie. Upon the death of Dr. and Mrs. Jarrett in 1941, Dora Mitchell, one of their daughters purchased the home from her siblings. She remained in the home until 1994 when at the age of 100 she moved into a nursing home. In 1997, the present owner, Dora’s granddaughter, Pat Peters, purchased the home.
This 1890 structure was originally built with vertical 1″ x 12″ planks without framing. Cypress siding finished the exterior of the home. When it was originally purchased by Dr. A. R. Jarrett and his wife Sallie, they immediately made the original two bedrooms into one large living area, converted the original living area into a bedroom and added another bedroom, a dining room, a “sleeping porch,” and a kitchen.
A bathroom was added as a lean-to on the north side of the house at a later time. The smoke house structure still remains and is used as a storage building. When Pat Peters purchased the home in 1997, a second bathroom and utility room were added and the sleeping porch was enclosed with windows. The original fireplace is in the master bedroom and the original wooden floors remain.
One of the unique things about this house is the fireplace that was added to the living room. It is made of rocks and fossils that collected by Ramsey Walker, Dora’s son and Pat’s father, when he was a child.
A precious family heirloom, this house has provided a place for gathering and good cheer for the Jarrett family for 110 years.
The Miller House
433 East Bridge Street
This folk Victorian home was built in 1895 and sat unoccupied for most of second half of the twentieth century. When Jennifer Miller purchased the property in 1999, the only sign of residence in the home was the rodents and termites that had moved in to the deserted space. In the end, the entire restoration took a couple owners and over a decade and a half to complete.
Initially, Jennifer gutted and updated the interior, then sold it to Jill O’Conner. Jill had a dream and this home became her passion, she is very talented and she made many wonderful changes, but never finished nor did she ever get to live here. In 2014, Jennifer Miller bought the home back from Jill and continued to complete what Jill had begun.
The home was opened to the 2015 Tour while the home was still under construction. Visitors were able to see what it takes to do a historical restoration. Now completed, it is clear that Jennifer has breathed new life into this old house. It’s history is now well preserved and appreciated. There have been marriages, births and deaths in this home. There has been joy and sadness. The century old oak trees have grown so very large, they shade to protect the home and yard.
Original to the home is the entry hall, the linoleum rugs and the Great Generation love letters Jennifer found in the attic. Take your time with this one, the history and the renovation is so inspiring, you’ll be ready to purchase your very own fixer upper.
The Preston House
503 East Bridge Street
This 1888 Craftsman style bungalow was originally built by William Thomas Sellers. John Clyde Morris purchased the home from William Thomas Sellers in 1901 previous to marrying his daughter, Rosa Lee Sellers. They lived out the duration of their life in this home. The home still retains a significant portion of its original character and architectural integrity. Two rooms and a bath were added in 1921 when indoor plumbing was available.
The rise of the middle class in early 1900s America inspired the floor plans of the Craftsman. Many of the homes on the Tour, past and present are High Style, and follow the Queen Anne/Victorian architectural influence. As society norms began to change (economy, education, etc.), the needs of the average American family also changed.
The middle-class housewife of the era would not typically have domestic staff (at least not live-in ones) and would handle much of the housework on her own, as well as watching the children. These society shifts demanded a change in house function. For example, the Craftsman style introduced a kitchen as part of the main house, allowing easy access to the main floor, the dining and living rooms, as well as the outdoor area. As you tour this bungalow, it can be fun and interesting to take notice of home modernizations such as this.
620 E. Bridge St.
Owned and renovated by local interior designer, Shelbie Miller-Gaddy, the Heavenhill cottage was constructed as two separate homes in the 1880s. They were most likely “married” in the early 1900s.
The two front rooms (kitchen and living room) are original to the property. The walls are made out of 2x4 studs and were covered with scrap lumber that came off boxcar’s shipping crates down at Granbury’s Depot. The planked floors and beadboard ceilings are original to the home. One day, when Shelbie was only a senior in high school, she climbed up a ladder to investigate the state of the attic space, she noticed handwriting on a piece of the ceiling beadboard. It read:
“Josephine Heavenhill + Little Louise Miller Cross of the Heart Jan. 1 1893 Stole a Kiss Studying With Edgar”
This was a very exciting time for Shelbie and her mother! First of all, their last name was Miller! Also, they figured out the date of the house. Immediately, they knew they wanted to name the home “Heavenhill”.
Shelbie had luck researching Josephine Heavenhill and her family. The Heavenhills were farmers in Winters, Texas (near Abilene) and the father, William, wanted his children to have a finer education because farming was not always a guarantee to comfortable living. He bought property in Thorp Springs and put the children in Granbury schools during the winter months. Shelbie believes this section of the home is from the Thorpe Springs property that William Heavenhill originally purchased.
404 Torrey Street
This 1977 classic tract house has modern architecture complete with vaulted ceilings, skylights and Saltillo tile. The greatest renovation is the enclosure of the garage. Perhaps what is most intriguing about the home is the property it sits on. It’s located on just under 2 acres along side, and including, one of the natural creeks/runoffs, at one time into the Brazos River, and to the lake today. It boasts one of the oldest cottonwood trees in Granbury, and legend has it that at one time, a footbridge connected the house up the hill to Torrey Street.
Today, the house is hidden away from the street, tucked away down the hill, with a chicken coop and garden plazas protecting the privacy between the street and the house, isolated by lush greenery on three sides and an 8 foot Hood County Limestone wall on the west, it’s the best kept residential secret in Granbury.
Owner Phil Groeschel describes it as his refuge and says that his guests pick up on the magical, peaceful vibe. The home is full of Phil’s lifelong collection of art and objects, and all things that make him happy. It is his hope that visitors of the Candlelight Tour share the same joy.