Denton in Wise County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Mounts family first arrived in Denton County in the 1850s from Virginia. W.H. Mounts (1833-1889) and his wife, Martha Elizabeth (Mattie) Mounts (1838-1914), were early residents of the new county seat of Denton, which had been moved from New Alton in 1857. Through their businesses, farming and landowning, the family contributed significantly to the early development of Denton.
W.H. Mounts bought 15 acres of land from his mother, Emily Mounts, on April 6, 1867. The land became known as Mounts Farm. Cotton and fruit were grown behind the house. The original Mounts family home burned down in 1893, four years after the death of W.H. Mounts. In 1898, Mattie Mounts hired J.B. Wilson as the contractor for a new two-story house with eight rooms.
The house was built in the Queen Anne style which was consistent with the popularity of the Victorian-era architecture in Denton at this time. The exterior of the house features a veranda wrap-around porch, clapboard siding and fish scale shingles. The interior floors are of heart pine and the front door and stair balusters are examples of Eastlake lathe, gouge and chisel work. The
One of the Mounts' eight children, Sena Mounts married William Wesley Wright in 1896 and the couple's five children were raised in the Mounts-Wright House. The house was officially deeded to Sena in 1914 at the time of her mother's death. Sena Wright died in 1952 and her husband lived in the house until his death in 1959.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2016
Marker is property of the State of Texas
Erected 2016 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18511.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 33° 13.026′ N, 97° 8.428′ W. Marker is in Denton, Texas, in Wise County. Marker is on Mounts Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 403 Mounts Avenue, Denton TX 76201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mounts House (within shouting distance of this marker); Christal House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Simmons-Maxwell House (about 600 feet away); Martin-Russell House (about 600 feet away); Scripture-Deavenport House (about 600 feet away); Lipscomb-Doggett House (about 700 feet away); Denton Senior High School (about 800 feet away); James Newton and Eva Tabor Rayzor House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Denton.
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