Brenham in Washington County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Jabez Deming Giddings (1814-1878) of Pennsylvania bought this land in 1837. A lawyer, businessman, and civic leader, he built this residence of hand-hewn cypress boards before his marriage in 1843 to Ann Tarver (1822-1907). An unusual rooftop reservoir held rainwater. Remodeled about 1870, the house was sold in 1871 to John B. Wilkin (1827-1913), whose family occupied it until 1942. Scheduled for demolition in 1972, it was bought and restored by the Heritage Society of Washington County.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1976
Erected 1976 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 8340.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 30° 10.424′ N, 96° 23.517′ W. Marker is in Brenham, Texas, in Washington County. Marker is on Crockett Street 0.1 miles east of Gay Hill Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 805 Crockett Street, Brenham TX 77833, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Giddings Wilkin House Museum 1843 (here, Site of Masonic Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); Brenham Fire Department (approx. 0.3 miles away); Brenham Normal and Industrial College (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Christian Church of Brenham (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ross-Carroll House (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mount Rose Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brenham.
Also see . . . Jabez Demming Giddings (1814–1878). In 1876 Giddings was a member of a state committee that purchased a plantation, Alta Vista, for the projected Prairie View A&M College. He had seven children. He died at his home on June 25, 1878, from internal injuries sustained in a carriage accident and was buried in Prairie Lea Cemetery. Source: The Handbook of Texas (Submitted on January 22, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 22, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 27 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 22, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.