Anna Melissa Hicks Bain (1834-1906), widow of John Alexander Bain, built this house in 1865 on 6.75 acres of land east of town square in Farmersville. She reared five daughters here: Mary Clorinda, Martha, Catherine, Christina and Margaret. An astute business-woman Anna Bain divided her property into lots, built commercial buildings and sold some property to the Red River Railroad Company. She also provided room and board for teachers and students from nearby private schools. The Farmersville culture club was founded here.
In 1902, three peaked gables and a narrow porch were replaced by an asymmetrical facade and new porch, and the northeast bedrooms were extended.
Anna Bain’s daughters Mary and Catherine (Cassie) married brothers, Henry Honaker and Andrew Honaker. Martha married William S. Aston. Cassie Bain Honaker lived here while her husband was in medical school, where he died. She later married James E. Jones and lived here until her death in 1928. Five generations of the Bain-Honaker family lived in this house.
Honaker family descendants donated the house to Farmersville Historical Society in 1989.
Erected 1996 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15562.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 33° 9.816′ N, 96° 21.549′ W. Marker is in Farmersville, Texas, in Collin County. Marker is on College Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 108 College Street, Farmersville TX 75442, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Farmersville Masonic Lodge (within shouting distance of this marker); Audie Murphy’s Homecoming (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Methodist Church of Farmersville (about 700 feet away); Honaker-Holsonbake House (about 700 feet away); First Baptist Church of Farmersville (about 800 feet away); Farmersville (approx. 0.6 miles away); Farmersville I.O.O.F. Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Huson Cemetery (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Farmersville.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 19, 2020, by Jesse Nelsen of Farmersville, Texas. This page has been viewed 31 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 19, 2020, by Jesse Nelsen of Farmersville, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.