After remaining vacant for a number of years, the home has recently been beautifully restored and is now inhabited by Thomas Burton’s great-granddaughter. Furnishings once belonging to the home’s first inhabitants have been lovingly and painstakingly recovered to replicate their original state as closely as possible. A horn chair from the famed Buckhorn Saloon in San Antonio once purchased for their father by Thomas Burton’s children remains in the house, as do the hall table, front bedroom furnishings, a round table on the sleeping porch and a cupboard on the front porch, all furnishings once belonging to Thomas Burton and Ella. While the house now boasts a modernized kitchen, the old kitchen cabinets can still be seen in the studio apartment conversion of the old washhouse and garage.
Having sheltered numerous generations of Stuarts before being lovingly restored, today the home has returned to being the haven of family warmth and love it was originally built to be.
We will be heading north on Highway 16 next, our destination the historic Belding Ranch. Numerous generations of Beldings have occupied the family ranch house that has grown like topsy over the years since Henry Belding first settled in this area. Though family members of each generation have added on, the little one-room cabin that Henry and his wife first moved into back in 1859 still remains at the home’s core.
As you drive past the entrance gate and follow the road to the ranch house you’ll notice both split rail and rock fences along the way, much of the latter built by an itinerate fence builder fittingly named John Rock. He and his family traveled throughout the area by wagon building sturdy rock fences wherever they were hired to do so. Some of the finest examples of his work can still be seen on the Belding Ranch.