Parchman House Living History Center

Forest Trail Region
701 South Kaufman St. Mount Vernon, TX 75457 903-537-4760 or 903-537-2264

The Parchman House Living Center is based in a 1883 Victorian farmhouse with its original outbuildings consisting of a small barn, smokehouse, chicken coop with the living history exhibit of hens and nests, and an outhouse. An 1868 log cabin on the property was moved from a flood zone and visitors can study log construction.

The house’s architecture is typical of Early Texas farmhouses. The houses usually had two rooms on either side of a central open hail (the "dogtrot"). This house has one room to the north (probably the original parlor/master bedroom, as it is larger) and three rooms to the south, with a curved side porch in addition to the front porch. Originally there was also a back porch with a well, or cistern, now enclosed. The style of this house is more in keeping with the late Victorian "cottage" style, which was popular in the last two decades of the 19th century.

The property is especially interesting for its three well-preserved outbuildings on the back side of the property: a smoke house, a hen house, and a small barn. Also preserved are over a dozen of the original pecan and walnut trees. Flowers and shrubs are in keeping with those of the period.

Furnishings and objects in the front hall and parlor of the house are mostly representative of the period (turn of the century) and many belonged to original Franklin County families. The Eastlake style, a late Victorian furniture style, is exemplified in the mirror over the mantel, marble top table and parlor chairs.

Paintings in the house were all executed by Franklin County women, who studied art locally and lived and worked here from the 1890s to the 1940s. Some of the paintings are over one hundred years old.

The Majors-Parchman house also contains a collection of school memorabilia, a portion of which is always on display. moved from inundated lake area).

Parchman House Living History Center

701 South Kaufman St. Mount Vernon, TX 75457




Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.