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Port Arthur in Jefferson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Woodworth House

(Rose Hill)

 
 
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Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, May 22, 2020
1. The Woodworth House Marker
Inscription.  
In 1896 Arthur E. Stilwell, president of the Kansas City Southern Railroad, organized a townsite company to settle Port Arthur. Soon afterward, R.H. Woodworth (d. 1923) moved here from Chicago with his bride Mary (d. 1946). They erected their first home on Nashville Avenue. An independent real estate dealer, Woodworth later entered the banking business. He served as Port Arthur's third mayor in 1902.

He hired J.H. Baxter of the Griffing Lumber Company to construct this classical revival mansion in 1906. This property was then located on the edge of town. When it was completed, the residence reflected Woodworth's position as a business and social leader. Here the Woodworths raised their children, George and Phebe, and often entertained friends.

Mrs. Woodworth served as a director of the First National Bank and was, active in the Department Club of Port Arthur. In accordance with her wishes, her daughter Phebe gave Rose Hill to the city in 1947 to be cared for by the Department Club. The elegant structure is maintained as a meeting place for various community groups and as a center for social and cultural events.

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Erected 1978 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10582.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 29° 53.382′ N, 93° 54.926′ W. Marker is in Port Arthur, Texas, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Woodworth Boulevard and Lakeshore Drive, on the right when traveling east on Woodworth Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Woodworth Boulevard, Port Arthur TX 77640, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sabine-Neches Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Woodworth House (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Old Aurora (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Community Retirement Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sparks Settlement Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Trinity Lutheran Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Babe Didrikson Zaharias (approx. 0.6 miles away); John Warne Gates (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Arthur.
 
The Woodworth House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, May 22, 2020
2. The Woodworth House Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 30, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 207 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on May 30, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.   2. submitted on May 31, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.

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