Barton House (Historic Site #27)

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Dr. Welborn Barton built this two-story native stone house for his wife, Louisa, and ten children in 1866. The house was built of quarry-faced ashlar and consists of two floors and a cellar, which is constructed into a hillside. The high pitched roof gives it a vertical emphasis, the entrance is off-center, and the single story wing projects on the north side. The walls are solid 24 inches thick and the floors are constructed of long-leaf pine. It was built on 22 acres of land purchased from E.S.C. Robertson for $50. He and his wife were very involved in the community and established a successful medical practice on the main floor of the house.  An 1879 addition consisted of two stories with two new rooms on each level. One of the new rooms was used by Dr. Barton as a surgery room for his growing practice. Included in the design of the room is a limestone sink, with outdoor drainage, built into the wall of the house. Descendants of the Barton Family speculate that is was some of the first indoor plumbing in Central Texas.  After Barton’s death in 1883, Louisa provided room and board for students to supplement her income.  She died in 1920. It is now a fine dining restaurant. (RTHL, NRHP)

address

101 N. Main Street, Salado, TX 76571

phone

(254) 947-0441