Starr Family Home State Historic Site
Starr Family Home State Historic Site Information:
The Starr family’s Texas history spans over 170 years. Four generations of Starrs lived in Maplecroft, an 1880 Victorian Italianate style house. Over time the house was renovated, modified, and enlarged to suit the occupant. Speaking tubes were installed, connecting the kitchen to the other rooms, and a cistern was built. A lightening rod was added, gas lighting was installed, and a windmill and water tower were built to provide running water by gravity fed water pressure. In the early 1890's, the Starr-Blake Home was built on the back of the property for Ruth Starr Blake when she married. Homes owned by the other Starr daughters still exist in the neighborhood. Various outbuildings were added including a schoolhouse for Starr's daughters. The facilities available for touring include the schoolhouse (converted to a laundry in the 1930s), the Starr-Blake home, the Maplecroft house, and the 1830s Rosemont wing. The homes are furnished with Starr family furnishings and artifacts. The Maplecroft library displays Dr. Starr’s collection of Republic of Texas currency. Additional site amenities include a Texas history bookstore and gift shop, art exhibits, and traveling exhibits. Maplecroft is ADA compliant, except for the 2nd floor.The grounds and the Blake house are available year round for weddings, receptions, parties, group meetings and other events. From November to January, the homes are decorated to reflect a Victorian Christmas. Millions of lights decorate the site for the Winterland of Lights Festival, and candlelight tours and dinners are given. Almost 500,000 people visit the Star Historic Site during the holiday season.Guided tours of Maplecroft take approximately 1 hour; fees apply. Group tours are available by appointment. This SHS hosts special events. Open Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun, 12pm-4pm. (903) 935-3044. 407 West Travis Street, Marshall, Texas 75670. For more information read the Starr Family Home State Historic Site Brochure.
Rosemont Cottage, Starr Family Home State Historic Site:
The Rosemont Cottage is a four room Victorian cottage and is the only surviving wing of the original 1830s Rosemont House which was purchased by Dr. Starr in 1870. This wing had been added to the original Rosemont House as a convenient living area for the elder Starrs. When the original house was dismantled in 1914 after a fire, this wing was left intact. The cottage features 12 foot ceilings and the original hardwood floor. It has a front porch with rocking chairs, a bedroom with a queen sized bed, a combination dressing and bathroom, and a dining area with a bay window. The cottage is furnished with period pieces from the original home. It is located on three acres in the northeast corner of the property. When the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department managed the property, the Rosemont Cottage operated as a B & B. When the Texas Historical Commission took over management on January 1, 2008, it discontinued the B & B.
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Starr Family Home State Historic Site Directions:
From IH-20, exit onto U.S. 59 North. Go west on Travis Street to the corner of South Grove Street.