Details for Old Rock House (Atlas Number 5083003796)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5083003796


Marker Number 3796
Atlas Number 5083003796
Marker Title Old Rock House
Index Entry Rock House, Old
Address US 84
City Santa Anna
County Coleman
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 467173
UTM Northing 3513066
Subject Codes houses, residential buildings
Marker Year 1975
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location From Santa Anna take US 84 NW about 1 mile
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text This site was claimed in 1857 under a Republic of Texas land certificate held by former State Representative Darwin Stapp of Victoria County. In 1869 he sold the tract to another absentee owner. By tradition, this house was built in the 1870s by John J. Brestow, a squatter who came to this area for his health. The one-room cabin was constructed of stone from the nearby Santa Anna Mountains. Later owners, including Mrs. Sarah Himmins, rented the property to tenant farmers. Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Bruce, who purchased the land in 1947, restored the Rock House and maintain it now as a museum. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1975