Destination Texas: Take a Look Inside the Oldest Standing Mansion in the Lone Star State
If you cruise just northwest of Fredericksburg, Texas you'll find a little town called Mason. You'll also find the oldest standing mansion in the Lone Star State. Keep reading to check out the inside of this massive mansion.
Located in the Texas Hill country, the Seaquist House, which became a Texas historic landmark in 1974, has been standing since the 19th century as it was built in 1887. It saw several owners over the years before finally being purchased by The Seaquist House Foundation which maintains and restores the mansion.
Take a look at the images of this old mansion and keep scrolling to read the history of the oldest standing mansion in Texas.
Take a Look Inside The Oldest Mansion in Texas
What is the history of the mansion?
In 1887, Rev. Thomas A. Broad began constructing a handsome, two-story sandstone house north of Mason’s courthouse square on Comanche Creek. The house was later purchased in 1891 by Edward M. Reynolds, a banker from New York, who hired the German architect Richard Grosse to remodel and enlarge the house.
In 1919, the property was sold to Swedish immigrant Oscar Seaquist, after which the family made several improvements to the house. Oscar Seaquist died in 1933, leaving his widow, Ada, to care for the mansion until her death in 1972.
The Seaquists’ son and daughter-in-law, Garner and Clara Seaquist, began the first major refurbishment of the house in 1972. Work was completed in the summer of 1973 and for the first time, the mansion was opened to the public for tours. (Source: The Seaquist House)
Can you tour the mansion?
Yep. The mansion is now available for public and private tours. To check out the tour schedule, and get updates on the restoration process, check out The Seaquist House's website or Facebook page.
I think it would be super cool to tour this house, especially at night. It definitely looks like it would be creepy at night. Maybe it's haunted? That would be rad!
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