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May 13, 2014

Historic homestead for sale

STRAWN – A true piece of Palo Pinto County history is for sale.

Ranger Realty and agent Jeff Clark have listed the Watson Place estate, located off Highway 16 on the north end of Strawn, just before the Palo Pinto Creek bridge.

The property has been the home of Edwards Funeral Home since the early 1970s, according to Phyllis Edwards. It was the second property purchased in Strawn for the funeral home business. Jerry and Pat Edwards started the business in 1963.

She said the business is not going away, just looking to downsize.

“It is too big for us, we don’t need all that space,” she said. “We are probably going build a small chapel.”

The four-bedroom, 2.5-bath home sits on 1.9 acres with a listed price of $295,900. The home was built in 1919 and finished in 1920.

The Watson brothers were entrepreneurs who capitalized on the Strawn area’s coal, then oil, booms.

The locally-famous 5,432-square-foot Georgian Colonial-style estate is backed by Palo Pinto Creek, and large native oak trees frame the home.

Clark said the home’s construction was state-of-the-art for its time with massive foundation work, including a basement, two layers of red brick, a carriage house originally built as a servants quarters and a covered portico (passing the outside cistern) so the family and servants stayed out of the rain.

According to the listing: “The home’s antebellum design was adopted from a West Virginian plantation home. The home had seven fireplaces of imported Italian marble, its mantles shipped from New York (not fighting words, back then). The foundation is a reinforced concrete pier and beam design. A central heat and air unit is located in the basement. Floor vents and push-button electric switches (see photos) put this home on the leading edge of construction technology for the time.”

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