The Ace of Clubs House in Texarkana, Day 138

The Ace of Clubs House in Texarkana, Day 138
24 Jan

Today’s adventures took us through both Arkansas and Texas to explore the historic Ace of Clubs House in downtown of Texarkana.

As we drove down the street, we immediately noticed the house.

Although it sits back from the road behind a brick wall, you could see the house is distinctively shaped like a club, from a deck of playing cards.

In fact, it is built with three octagon-shaped wings with the fourth rectangular wing that represents the stem of a club.

This Italianate Victorian style home was built in 1885 by a local dry goods businessman and lumberman, James Draughon. Although it looks very extravagant, it is said to have cost somewhere between $10,000 – $15,000 to build.

texarkana art
Texarakana is filled with many historic homes and buildings that are being restored.

According to local lore, he built his house in the shape of a club in honor of winning a large bet in poker with the Ace of Clubs.

In fact, those winnings helped launch his entrepreneur path to financial success.

However, Draughon didn’t live there long. In fact, after two years of ownership, he sold the house to William Whitaker.

ace of clubs brick wall
To enter the home, you have to find the iron gate at the north entrance of the house.

Whitaker was also a local lumberman and a railroad investor. This family enjoyed the home for seven years before deciding to sell it as well.

The Ace of Clubs House Final Owners

Therefore the house changed hands in 1894, when it was purchased by a prominent attorney and his wife, Henry and Katharine Moore.

However this time the house remained in The Moore Family for 91 years.

ace of clubs house
Here you can see the side of the house where the rectangle connects in the center of the octagon towers.

Three generations of their family lived there from 1894 to 1985. The last owner was Olivia Smith Moore, who willed the house to the Texarkana Museums System. It was her wish to have the house operated as a museum.

The deed of the Ace of Clubs house was transferred over to the Texarkana Museums System in 1985. The house was refurbished in 1987 and has been open to the general public for tours since 1988.

front entrance
This photo is courtesy of The Texarkana Encyclopedia of Arkansas and shows the front entrance and spiral stair well.

Each room was restored to represent a different time period in the history of the house, spanning from 1880 to 1940. The collections include original family furnishings, personal belongings, and historical materials.

Not only is this house open to the public for tours. It also the location of many weddings, parties and receptions.

The dining room still looks like it did when the Moore’s lived there. Photo courtesy of inspirock.com

And The Ace of Clubs House has even been featured on the HGTV television program Christmas Castles.

It is amazing what you can find in just about any town across America!

Happy Traveling – Jim and Mary

CURRENT TRIP STATUS TO DATE:

  • Day 138 of 365
  • States : 17/50
  • National Parks / Monuments : 20
  • Stayed In : Texarkana, Arkansas
  • Miles Driven : 30.8
  • Total Trip Miles To Date : 15,457.8
  • Total Gallons Used : 1,112.07
  • Biking Miles : 0.0
  • Biking Miles To Date : 158.4
  • Hiking Miles : 0.5
  • Hiking Miles To Date : 306.9

On September 9th, 2019, we set out in our NuCamp T@B 400 Teardrop Camper to travel to every state. You can check out all of our dates here : Dates for the States

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4 thoughts on “The Ace of Clubs House in Texarkana, Day 138

  1. Oh my goodness, I grew up in Texarkana, Ark. and I know where that is. I have always wanted to go in that place. It is on Stateline correct or you can see it from Stateline. It looks beautiful inside. I’m thinking about going down to see my brother’s there in March maybe I will see about going in there this time.
    I had a cousin named Kathern Moore. I know my Aunt Billie’s dad use to own a lot of property in Texarkana. I will have to ask her if they were related to these people. It is a small world LOL.

    1. It is a very interesting place. And yes, it is right on the state line between Arkansas and Texas. There is a lot of property for sale or being refurbished there. It is truly a small world!

  2. Oh and I have never seen this one wall there that is saying “Post Cards from the Past”. I would like to see that. I will have to ask my brother is he knows where it is. I know they have old pictures in the court house of the past also.

    1. They are several murals that show these beautiful postcards from the past. We saw two – one downtown, and one in the park that we hiked. They are beautiful.

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