Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Kirby-Hill House museum

Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise

The Kirby-Hill House Museum and Educational Foundation museum in Kountze has recovered from Hurricane Rita and reopened to guests on Thursday, July 12, 2007. The renovated 105-year-old, eight-room, neo-Victorian-style mansion was occupied by the family until 1990.

Educational program co-director Debra Brown walks past a curving staircase at the Kirby-Hill House museum in Kountze. The house is financed through grants, donations and usage fees.

Kirby-Hill House museum volunteer Sierra Cook, 12, of Kountze reads an etiquette book at the museum in Kountze. The house offers tours throughout the week.

Kirby-Hill House museum volunteer Paige Hasselbach, 12, of Lumberton crochets a pot holder for a friend at the museum. The house is also available for weddings, receptions and operates as a bed and breakfast on the weekends.

Please read "Mansion towers in Kountze for 105 years" by Fred Davis.


Lisa said...

beautiful pictures! I love old houses!

fruitlesspuppy said...

I love this old house. I have been a part of it since Nelda Overstreet became curator. Neldas love for the house, just came over so many more of us that are still there.
After Neldas death in 2005 , her sister Terry MacNeely took over.
The dedication these two sisters put into the house, is what keeps the rest of us there.
We love and miss you both.