By Deb R. Brimer
The Abbott House lives up to the bragging rights of historic Texas. The distinctive three-story Victorian is not only big in size, big in style, and big in history, it’s also big in value.
Located on a large corner lot in Hillsboro, Texas – the county seat of Hill County – this 4,612-square-feet landmark home is a classic and comfortable blend of sweeping historic elegance and recent modern upgrades. In addition to three living areas, a formal dining room, and third-floor unfinished attic, interior features range from four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a stainless-steel kitchen with gas stove-top and oven to multiple staircases, four decorative fireplaces, and handicap accessibility.
But the exterior sets the stage for a welcoming vibe with a veranda wrapping halfway around the house, an octagon turret with three levels of windows, and a fenced gunite swimming pool that’s perfect for entertaining or just basking in the Texas sun. The Abbott House is listed for $369,000.
In 1986, the Abbott House was designated a Texas Historic Landmark . Joseph (Jo) Abbott and his wife Rowena Sturgis Abbott purchased the land in 1883 and built the house in 1898. A year later, the Abbotts deeded the property to their son and daughter-in-law, James and Nancy Abbott, after the birth of the young couple’s first child.
Originally the house was a T plan, but after additions in 1907 and 1918, the architecture transitioned to classical-bungalow style.
Jo Abbott was big in Hill County lore. After serving as a First Lieutenant in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War, he became a lawyer and later a District Judge appointed by Governor Oran M. Roberts. Abbott’s political career spanned from the Texas House of Representatives to the U.S. House of Representatives. Between Abbott Street in Hillsboro and Abbott, Texas – the birthplace of Willie Nelson – the Abbott name lives on.
Sandwiched between Dallas and Waco on Interstate 35, Hillsboro is big on history. Besides housing 15 local entities listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the city is known for its historic county courthouse, a plethora of old Victorian homes, and collection of antique shops where reminders of the past keep changing hands.
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