WeatherfordOnly four families have owned the Victorian mansion on an acre at the corner of Lamar Street and Columbia Street in Weatherford, and now some history-loving buyer will be the fifth.

The home, which sits at 304 S Lamar St., was first home to John D. Baker, a prominent Weatherford resident who started construction on the home intended for he and his wife, Alice, and their growing family, in 1893.

Baker, according to family lore, moved to Hood County from Alabama before finally settling in Weatherford and partnering with another businessman to form Baker-Poston Dry Goods, which ultimately had several store locations in the north central part of Texas.

But the dry goods enterprise wasn’t his only business. He was also head of The Famous Shoe Store; a member of the wholesale grocery company Cameron, Hill and Baker; president of the First National Bank; director of the Crystal Palace Flouring Mills; and had a hand in helping establish Weatherford College.

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Peter PanIt’s not every day that the estate of Peter Pan (or at least someone who played Peter Pan) hits the market, but when we saw this Norwalk, Connecticut listing from Holly Giordano, we knew we had to share.

In her Peter Pan, Nellie Forbush, Annie Oakley heyday, it’s not hard to imagine that Broadway legend (and Weatherford, Texas native, and mother to JR Ewing himself, Larry Hagman) Mary Martin needing a quiet place to kick back.

And this incredible three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath, 3,160 square foot home sitting on more than two acres of rolling, lush grass would certainly do the trick.

But the home has a bit more history than just Martin — it was built not long after the U.S. won its independence from England. And its current owner has taken pains to marry the historical with the entertaining spaces Martin undoubtedly appreciated, along with the modern touches homeowners nowadays come to expect.

This ‘wow’ house was originally built in 1790 by Epenetus Kellogg then brought today’s high standards by recent home owner Helen Barr of Barr and Barr Bags,” said Giordano, who is with William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty.

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