NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Brick House Inn has been sitting on a hill above the oldest town in Texas for over a century.
The 19th century home is all dressed up for Christmas ready to host their next guests. The home serves as both a home and business for David and Anne Norton.
"Well I love history in the first place. Both of us. Old homes have history. I think old homes have history -- and spirits," said David & Anne Norton, owners and managers of the Brick House Inn.
The home was built 130 years ago and has been for the last 12 years a bed and breakfast. The Nortons host guests from all over the world giving everyone a chance to stay in the oldest brick house in Nacogdoches.
"There's a feeling about the house, you know. We're caretakers, we live here but I know we are suppose to be owners but I really don't feel like I own the house," said David Norton.
The house was constructed in 1886 by a Nacogdoches business owner Henry L. Austin. He was a local brick maker and first resident of the home; since then only 8 other families have called the Brick House Inn home.
"We feel like the house belongs to the people of Nacogdoches. We do have a plaque on the house on the outside that says this is a Nacogdoches historical site," said Anne Norton.
The Department of Interior has even recognized the home's history with a special marker. But, along with Nacogdoches history, the Brick House Inn also serves as a family museum to the Norton's family tree.
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The home's rooms are filled with their family's antiques, like Anne's grandfathers canteen from WWI and David's antique old sleigh bed that his father was born on in 1915.
The bed and breakfast part of the home has three rooms, all decorated New Orleans style and filled with antiques. As a guest of the Nortons, you'll also get treated to their world-famous waffles for breakfast.
"We enjoy sharing our home with other people. And the fact that we live here is hands-on experience for the people that stay here," said David Norton.
For the past 12 years, much tender, love and care has been poured in the Brick House Inn -- and the Norton's say they'll continue their bed and breakfast until they no longer can.
"I hope when it comes time for us to sell it, it will go to somebody that really wants to continue it as a business and preserve the history of this house," said Anne Norton. "It has been good to us and we try to be good to it -- and maintain it and keep it," added David Norton.