The Bluebonnet House: The Story of the Iconic Hill Country House Part 1

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Have you ever seen an old house or building along the roadway and just wondered about its history and the “stories it could tell”? Sure, we all have, some old structure catches our attention for one reason or another. Its size, beauty, age or condition just seem to reach out to us and say “Hey, I’m here, I matter”. We are all familiar with the term “If walls could talk” and sometimes we’re referring to something we know that happened and want to know more about, but more often we are wanting the place to tell its story, enlighten us about what it has seen, heard and experienced.

Well, there is one house in the Texas Hill Country, that may rise above all others in being noticed, talked about, wondered about, rumored about and photographed more than most any other in the area, perhaps even the state. It has been stated that this may be the “most photographed house in Texas” and it almost certainly the most photographed in the Hill Country, other than maybe the Alamo if you consider that “a house”.

The Bluebonnet House: The Story of the Iconic Hill Country House Part 1
It has been called by many names over the years, depending on the era, who lived there, what was known about them and how popular they were. This particular house has been more recently and commonly called the “Bluebonnet House” because of the seasonal sea of Bluebonnets around it as seen from Hwy 281 coming out of Marble Falls. Leaving Marble Falls, heading North on Highway 281 towards Burnet, as you come up over the last hill, there it is, straight ahead, directly in front of you and the road you’re traveling. A large two story house, out in the field all alone, except for the trees, fence line and open field of grass, Bluebonnets, Indian Paints and other “Texas flowers”.

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