Thank you for your review! So glad you all enjoyed this historic home! I hope to have you come back and visit!
Lee, I will definitely post the History of this home for all the guests but let me tell you a bit about it!
In 1898, Henry M. and Annie Trueheart built this home which they called "Las Rocas" meaning The Rocks from a design by their daughter Sally Trueheart. At the time, the 20 acre parcel was the crowning structure of a neighborhood forming on Court Street at the turn of the century. It was soon referred to as "Millionaires Row". The house was used primarily as a summer retreat for the Truehearts to escape the oppressive summer heat of Galveston.
Trueheart was a prominent Galveston businessman. He was said to have been the first real estate credit broker in Texas. He was the builder and owner of the Trueheart Building, later the Adriance-Trueheart Building just off of Strand in Galveston. Like his home in Fort Davis, that building is now also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Trueheart owned a ranch near Fort Davis. The Truehearts sold the home in 1920 to Edwin Folkes, a local rancher who had major holdings in the area. The Folkes lived in the home until 1941. The home fell into decline throughout the 1940's. In 1949, the property was saved from neglect and inevitable by the purchase of Bertram Clayton Neill. Unfortunately, it was not long until Neill was killed in a car accident. His family continued to live in the home. His wife Teda, restored and renovated the home and lived there until 2005. During this 56 year period, Teda also established The Neill Doll Museum which became a popular tourist attraction to Fort Davis.Mrs. Neills museum featured dolls dating to 1835 plus Victorian furniture and other antiques appropriate to the nature of the home. It also became a bed and breakfast inn in the 1980's. In 1996 the home was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
In 2005, the Neills sold the home to Lanna and Joe Duncan of Fort Davis. The Neill family asked the Duncans, being five generation Jeff Davis County natives, to buy the home due to their historic preservation interests. The Duncans immediately renovated the house. New electrical service, plumbing, heating and air conditioning plus a third adobe bathroom was added to improve the home. The house would then become part of their Hotel Limpia Suites and Guest House business.
I hope you enjoy this history and I hope to have you come back!