Draughon-Moore Ace of Clubs House, Texarkana

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Built in 1885 by local lumberman and developer, James Harris Draughon, at a cost of around $15,000, this octagonal Italianate Victorian style home is a one-of-a-kind. After two years of ownership, James Draughon sold the house to William L. Whitaker, also a local lumberman and railroad investor. The Whitaker Family enjoyed the home for seven years and even hosted its most prominent dinner guest, railroad baron Jay Gould. In 1894, the Whitakers sold the home to Henry Moore, Sr. and his wife Katharine Fleming Moore for $10,155. Henry Moore, Sr. and his oldest son, Henry Moore, Jr. were both locally prominent attorneys and planters. The Moore Family owned the home for the next 91 years. Three generations of their family lived there from 1894 to 1985. It was the wish of their daughter-in-law, Olivia Smith Moore, the home's last owner, to have the house operated as a museum. It was deeded to the Texarkana Museums System according to her will in 1985 and has been open to the general public for tours since 1988. The collections include original family furnishings, personal belongings, and archival materials.
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  • Sad to say, we went today between 3:30-4:30pm and were disappointed to find it locked. We viewed its majesty from outside and took advantage of heading right down the road to the Texas/Arkansas state ...  more »
  • The design of this house (four octagon main rooms plus a stem to form a cloverleaf made this house unique. There are also inner hall ways that allowed better ventilation and more "escape routes". Arch...  more »
  • Really nice house. It was interesting to hear all of the history around the house. Our tour guide was excellent and informative. Reminds me of the old tour homes in Galveston and New Orleans.
  • We were excited to see this museum and unfortunately it was locked up and no operating hours on the sign any longer. No answer on the number listed.
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