Walking into the C.S. Roberts House and Museum is like walking back in time. Built in 1896, the Victorian-era home in Sherman has been a neighborhood fixture for over a century — and in that time, thanks to the Roberts family and Sherman Preservation League, remained largely unchanged.
Today, the property on a stretch of Crockett Street known as Heritage Row is open on Sundays for guided tours and serves as an event space for a host of different events, from Christmas and graduation parties to weddings and wedding receptions. The home has both the versatility and space to accompany a number of guests and event types. Mignon Plyler, secretary and treasurer of the Sherman Preservation League, says the home offers guests something “a little bit different.”
“It’s very elegant and historic. You want your marriage to last a lifetime, and this house is over 100 years old and has stood the test of time,” Plyler said, “so it’s just an elegant place to have a wedding. You feel like you’re a part of history.”
Plyler said the Eastlake-Stick style Victorian home was originally a “kit house” bought and built by Captain Stanley Roberts for his bride, Emma. The couple later had children, and Emma hoped her son, Stanley Jr., would eventually marry a girl who lived across the street from the family. Stanley Jr., however, met and fell in love with another girl, Leska, who lived down the street.
The two continued correspondence while Leska was away at college, and on a visit home, she dressed up one of her dolls as a bride to tell her parents she and Stanley Jr. had become engaged and planned to marry. The couple met on the seventh of the month and later got engaged on the seventh, so the seventh became a “special number” for the couple. Throughout their life together, on the 7th of every month, Stanley Jr. would give Leska a gift to show his “undying love” for her.
The couple lived in the house with Stanley Jr.’s parents, Stanley Sr. and Emma, and Leska would inhabit the home until her death around 1988. After her passing, the family deeded the house to the Sherman Preservation League, and the space has been open to events since the mid ’90s.
“We have people who have had weddings on the grounds and they’ll bring in a tent and get married in the gazebo (on the property) and just use the house as staging,” Plyler said. “We offer the space and the grounds, and we’ll walk through with them and let them tell us what they need. The bride and groom can get ready here (in the house) and we move the furniture to accommodate whatever group we have.”
Plyler estimates the home and grounds can accommodate a small to medium-size wedding or event, anywhere from 100-120 people. While the Sherman Preservation League has maintained the integrity and even the original décor and furnishings within the home, some construction and updates have been made, including repainting the home’s exterior and some concrete and ceiling work, as is expected with a property as old as the C.S. Roberts’ house.
Though the Roberts family no longer lives on the premises, Plyler says their memory lives on in the space and that utilizing the home and grounds for others’ events and “special days” pays homage to the family values Leska and the Roberts family held dear.
“Leska and Stanley Roberts were very family-oriented and she enjoyed her family being here and enjoyed entertaining, so we feel like this is keeping the spirit of her legacy (here),” she said. “What’s been really fun is some of their relatives have come back and walked through (the house) and told us stories. They said when Leska would set the table she’d run the table in the dining room all the way into (the adjacent parlor area) so everybody was sitting at one table. That was important to her.”
For rates or more information, contact the Sherman Preservation League at 903-893-4067.