Also known as the Draughon-Moore House, the “Ace of Clubs House” is a historic home built in 1885 featuring unique architecture and a wonderful collection of original family furnishings and personal belongings. It’s the oldest standing house in Texarkana, Texas. Built in 1885 by local lumberman and developer, James Harris Draughon, at a cost of around $15,000, this octagonal Italianate Victorian style home is a one-of-a-kind. Passing ownership to William L. Whitaker and later to Henry Moore, Sr. and his wife Katharine Fleming Moore who owned the home for the next 91 years. Three generations of the Moore family lived there from 1894 to 1985. It was the wish of their daughter-in-law, Olivia Smith Moore, the home’s last owner, to have the house operated as a museum. It was deeded to the Texarkana Museums System according to her will in 1985 and has been open to the general public for tours since 1988. The collections include original family furnishings, personal belongings, and archival materials.
A favorite of visitors is Olivia Smith Moore’s extensive shoe collection. Mrs. Moore loved her shoes and donated over 500 pair to the Texarkana Museums System along with the house. Almost all of the shoes were purchased from Neiman Marcus and, rumor has it, in her later years when she became too ill to travel to Dallas to shop, the exclusive department store would load a truck with shoes and bring the shopping to her. Many of the shoes are still in original boxes, some with matching hats and gloves.
The Ace of Clubs House
420 Pine Street
Texarkana, TX 75501
Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 a.m, 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Also available for weddings and events.
For more information call (903) 793-4831 or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AceofClubsHouse