Brinkley Davis House (mid-1800s)
Located in a pasture between Groesbeck and Thornton on LCR 766
When Brinkley Davis and his family left their home in Parke County, Indiana, they intended to forge a new future in Texas. Settling in Limestone County in 1834, they built a log dog-trot structure using local timber and parts of the barge that they used to sail down the Mississippi River through the Gulf of Mexico to Galveston. While his family thrived, their house has fallen into disrepair, victim to the elements since it was last occupied in the 1960s.
Through the careful documentation and analysis of the Brinkley Davis House, plans for its restoration and relocation to a site with greater public access will be possible. As perhaps the oldest house in Limestone County, the study of this vernacular structure will give clues to the early architectural practices of the region. Reconstruction of collapsed front and rear porches, stabilization of its stone chimneys and preservation of salvageable wooden floors, walls and ceilings will require the dedication of preservationists committed to saving the legacy of one of Texas’ pioneer families.