NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Charles and Lois Marie Bright House is the much-talked-about draw for the annual Tour of Homes this weekend.
The occupants have passed away, but in celebration of Nacogdoches' 300 years, the home's current owners will offer a one-time opportunity to tour the home.
On a Virginia Avenue hilltop sits the Charles and Lois Marie Bright house. Like so many grand houses in Nacogdoches, it's designed by famous local architect Diedrich Rulfs, a familiar craftsman to Charles Bradberry, chair of this year's Tour of Homes.
Bradberry said the home was built in 1900.
"In 1900. It is remarkable condition for a 1900 home, inside and out," Bradberry said.
The three-story Victorian home was meticulously restored by the Brights 20 years ago. Few people have been inside.
Come Saturday that will change.
Tour of Homes guests will see exquisite furnishings. The crystal, numerous china collections, and elaborate chandeliers are fitting to the home's era. Lois Marie Bright wanted it that way.
Guests visiting the Bright Home need to park at Nettie Marshall Elementary. A shuttle will provide transportation to the house. There are four other homes on the tour.
They include a French Country cottage boasting a gourmet kitchen. There's a Colonial Revival home built with selected Nacogdoches County wood. Another Victorian-style home on the tour has a Caddo Indian mound in the front yard. And then Louisiana influence can be seen inside a charming bungalow.
The Tour of Homes is Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. in Nacogdoches.