Center Sanitarium tour part of Daughters of the Republic of Texas kickoff

1870s house has had many owners, uses over the past 140 years or so

The William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas met Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Sam Samford Lodge in Center for their monthly meeting.

The chapter was in good spirits in spite of the fact that a storm had come through the night before and left the meeting hall without electricity. Old style hand held fans were used to stay cool as the chapter held their meeting as well as a “Welcome back brunch.”

The Sons of the Republic of Texas were also present in a joint meeting with the DRT.

After the brief meeting, which included a look back at last year’s accomplishments and a look forward to next year’s plans and goals, the chapter traveled to FM 2488 to tour the old Center Sanitarium.

The tour of the Sanitarium was given by Gina Ferren. Ferren was dressed in a period nursing uniform. The house is a restored 1870s house that later became a hospital in Center.

The Center Sanitarium originally was located on Shelbyville Street 400 yards from the courthouse. The house was built on 10 acres of land. At that time the land was purchased for $26. The house passed through several owners including lawyers and judges and eventually became the second hospital in Center, Ferren said.

For complete story please see the Sept. 12-13 edition of The Light and Champion.