811 Caroline - Bed and Breakfast
Offered for sale at $949,900
John E. Shelton, a home builder, who built many of the homes in Montgomery, purchased the land The Caroline House sits on in 1855 for the total sum of $400.00. In 1858, the property was put up for sale by the Montgomery County Sherriff where it would be purchased by Captain Thomas W. Smith for a total of $425.00. Smith was a well-known merchant, civil servant, and had even served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Records suggest that Smith either added onto the home or built a new home prior to the Civil War. The home was known as the T. W. Smith home until Smith moved to Willis after the Great Northern Railroad company began to lay track that would connect Houston to Chicago in 1870. In 1872, Smith established the Smith & Co. Cigar Manufacturing Company in Willis. Descendants of Captain Smith retained ownership of the property until 1924 when they sold the home to Thomas and Edna Gay. The home was then sold to Ken and Mary Whisenant in 1970. The Whisenant family was successful in petitioning the Texas Historical Commission to designate the Shelton-Smith house as a Historical Marker in 1976.
Mary Eckhart, the current owner, who purchased the property in 2000 is only the fourth family to own the home throughout its history. Ms. Eckhart, an interior designer, has lovingly restored the home and buildings to its former glory. There are four structures on the property. The first being the main house which was originally a one story with three dormer windows and a long porch that spanned the width of the home. Captain Smith’s granddaughter, Stella Peynghaus, extensively remodeled the home in 1921. Stella’s improvements such as the beaver board walls and the replacement of some of the heart pine flooring with one-inch-thick maple are what continue to provide the home with a unique character. Today, the now two-story home boasts 3,200 square feet of quality living space that includes formal living and dining rooms, cozy den, large eat-in kitchen, two downstairs bedrooms with ensuite baths, an upstairs two-bedroom suite with bath and sitting room, an oversized laundry room, and a sunroom. The main house retains many original features, including heart pine and maple flooring, fireplaces, chimneys, ceilings, hardware, and other fixtures. The second structure is the former servants' quarters that was converted into a small guest cottage featuring a living area, bedroom, and full bathroom. The third structure, a large greenhouse that was used to grow orchids for commercial purposes, was built in the 1970s by the Gay family. This was converted into a lodge-style guest house in 2003. This home features an expansive living and dining area, full kitchen, laundry room, two bathrooms, and three spacious bedrooms. The fourth and last structure located on the property is a two-car garage where one bay has been converted into a game room for guest usage. Ms. Eckhart has meticulously cared for the property and operated the home as a top-rated bed and breakfast since 2006. Each year, the property is included on the "Christmas in Historic Montgomery Home Tour". This annual event allows the public to tour many of the historical homes in downtown Montgomery.
- 8 Guest Rooms
- 7 Guest Room Baths
- Has Owner's Quarters
- Built in 1858
- Opened in 2006
- Building is 5,500 SQFT
- Lot is 0.94 Acres
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- Offered for sale at $949,900
- Average Daily Rate: $175-$350
- Terms: Seller may consider owner financing.