The Grand House was built in 1900, taking 2 years to complete and is also one of the first houses in the area built for electricity.
It is classified as an Early Neoclassical Revival Mansion with over 5,000 square feet. It was the original home to Vernon Brown (1859-1916), former board of director and founding member of the Brown family (one of the richest families in America) and also the namesake of Vernon, Texas. The Brown family owns and operates over 26 National Alcohol Brands including Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Southern Comfort and many others.
Operating as a bed and breakfast, the home is still one of the oldest residential properties in Grayson County.
Fully restored, the house strikes a wonderful balance between Victorian architecture and modern convenience. It houses 7 fireplaces, each with unique mantel carvings and the original Italian tiles, large windows, tall ceilings, stained glass touches, chandeliers, and a beautiful mahogany staircase as well as many other features. There are four guest bedrooms and three baths. The Red Room is the master bedroom and has an en suite bath with a rain shower and telephone shower. The family bath is the original bath and has the claw foot tub in wonderful condition.
“Guests can experience what it was like to bathe, rather than shower. There is a telephone shower in the tub, so one can wash hair and body from a seated position in the tub. The Green Room, Blue Room, and Purple Room all share the Original Family Bath upstairs,” said Ruth Nuckols Cox Williamson
With two porches upstairs and a downstairs wrap around porch that overlooks the landscaped gardens and Gazebo. Outside areas are equipped with ceiling fans and furnished for relaxing.
“The property is about an acre, so we have plenty of room for walking the yard and observing the hawk or the cardinals that frequent the property. We do have Wi-Fi and a TV in the Hearth Room and Kitchen. We will feature local artists and performers onsite on a regular basis for our guests and visitors. Parking is on-site at the back of the house,” says Williamson, “The experience at The Grand House is intended to be authentic to the early 20th century. Our ideal clients will be interested in the history of the house and immersing themselves in the experience. While we have TV and Wi-Fi in the house, the upstairs and shared living spaces are authentic to the period and require sight and mobility for the adults staying at the house. We can accommodate two guests per room, eight total.”
The Grand House is located at 506 N. Grand St. in Sherman, TX and is open for lodging, weddings and events. For more information please visit https://www.thegrandhousesherman.com/ or call (903) 505-5151.