The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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December 5, 2012

Day, evening home tours feature festive look at Palestine residences


PALESTINE — About Magnolia Street Inn

The Magnolia Street Inn Bed & Breakfast will host two tea sittings Saturday.

This Victorian house, originally built by Harold Barnes in 1874 as a small cottage, was later enlarged to its present 4,400 square feet. The house has essentially looked the same since 1892 when a second story was added. Sometime during the 1920s to 1930s, the house was converted to apartments and “modernized” with new wood work, oak floors and exterior columns.

It was home to many who became prominent citizens in the community. The Texas Historical Marker in front of the house recognizes one of the most illustrious residents, Congressman Alexander Gregg White who served the 7th Congressional District from 1902 until his death in 1919. Among his many accomplishments, he is best known for writing legislation to create the Galveston Seawall. The congressman’s widow and children sold the house in 1924.

Over time, apartments in the home provided memories for its tenants. However in the 1990s this stately house began to suffer from years of neglect and was scheduled for demolition. Nancy Foy Archer’s dream of restoring the house to its original beauty and charm and making it into a bed and breakfast saved the house from demolition. Tragically, Archer passed away before her dreams were realized.

In 2004, the house was purchased by Michael Elledge and Robert Ford who brought Archer’s dream of bringing this home back to its original splendor to reality. The new owners of this house, Roberta Wilson and Cindy Nesbitt continue Archers’ dream of a Bed and Breakfast.

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