Phillips Ranch - Saint Jo, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 33° 41.368 W 097° 31.005
14S E 637477 N 3728712
Quick Description: Two Texas Century Ranch signs stand at The Phillips House, completed in 1913 and home to multiple generations of the Phillips Family. Located at 900 S Main St, Saint Jo, TX, near the eastern edge of town.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 6/20/2014 3:11:15 PM
Waymark Code: WMKZAQ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member GPS Derek
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Long Description:
According to the Texas Department of Agriculture, the farm dates back to 1897, and the Texas Century Ranch designation was made in 1999, an honor bestowed by the Family Land Heritage Program.

The Family Land Heritage Program is a recognition program that honors families who have owned and operated a continuous agricultural operation for 100 years or more. Every year TDA hosts a ceremony at the Texas State Capitol to celebrate and commemorate the families who have passed down their proud Texas legacy from generation to generation.

In 2014, a Texas Historical Marker was placed here, noting the family's contributions to the area:

In 1873, James Hoback (J.H.) and Margaret Day Phillips moved from Illinois to Texas by wagon train with their children. J.H. was instrumental in the early social, religious and economic development of Saint Jo. He owned and operated a general store and hotel, and was the town's Baptist preacher. His youngest son, George Washington (G.W.) (1863-1930), grew up in Saint Jo and, at age 20, married Nannie Parker Gooch (1865-1937). During the late 1800s, G.W. bought and sold real estate and owned and operated the local G.W. Phillips Livery Stables. In addition to his business skills, G.W. was also a horse trader, farmer and rancher.

On January 6, 1897, G.W. bought 320 acres on the eastern edge of Saint Jo. Three years later, he moved his family to a temporary dwelling on the property. Additional acreage was purchased in 1902 and, in 1911, Barney Lewis was hired to construct the family home. The house took two years to complete and quickly became the center for social activities. When the family was not working, they enjoyed a game of baseball in the open field west of the house.

The Phillips House, also known as The Big House, displays characteristics of Colonial Revival and Queen Anne architecture. The two-story wood home has a hipped, wood-shingled roof and large, distinctive upstairs and downstairs porches. Numerous columns, hundreds of spindles and bay windows typify the Queen Anne style. The home boasts twenty-one wood framed single pane windows, heart pine wood floors and some of the original furniture. Generations of the Phillips family have occupied The Big House for over a hundred years and continue to contribute to Saint Jo.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2013
Physical Marker: yes

Century Farm Website: [Web Link]

Additional Years of Recognition: Not listed

Retail Sales to the Public: Not Listed

Farm-fresh Products: Not listed

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