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Kirby-Hill House Museum
210 West Main Street
Phone: 409.246.8000 - TTY:
800 Phone: 866.244.8442
Statement of Purpose
The Kirby-Hill House Museum and Educational Foundation is dedicated to Historical, Cultural and Artistic aspects of the southeast Texas area. It is our desire to promote the preservation of historic properties, provide educational programs, and to present cultural exhibits.
Highlights & Collections
The Kirby-Hill House was built in 1902 by James L. Kirby, older brother and
business partner of the more famous John Henry Kirby. The Kirby family
established a lumber empire which dominated the economy of this region for
almost 100 years.
The Kirby-Hill House Museum and Educational Foundation, established in
1992, has raised the money locally to purchase the property and restore the
outside. Inside restoration is planned room-by-room, and funding will come from
grants, donations, and admissions. The group also has a series of Murder Mystery
Dinners, Lunch with Lucy on Fridays, and the Kirby-Hill Bed & Breakfast that
The house features wrap-around porches with forty-eight columns, four
fireplaces, and eight rooms that all open onto the porch through eight-foot,
double-sash windows. The most outstanding architectural features include the
curved walls and oval grand staircase. Much of the furniture and china is
original to the house. The foundation also has many of the pictures, papers, and
artifacts belonging to the family and dating back to 1832.
On the grounds is a state champion Crepe Myrtle tree, and plans are to
develop vegetable and flower gardens, rose gardens and a hedge maze. Future
plans also include an 1850 cottage, an activity building, and new welcome
center. The Kirby-Hill House is located in Kountze, next door to the Kountze
Public Library, and one block north of the Hardin County Courthouse.
Exhibits & Special Events
On the formal tour, the docent assumes the role of ten of the
people associated with the house. As guests move from room to room, they move
through time, from Martha Kirby on the porch in 1903 to Lucy Hill in the Parlor
in 1923, then upstairs for 1932 to 1962 and finishing in the kitchen with Autie
Hill in 1977. The surprise ending of the tour takes place back in the dinning
room in 1999. The curator has developed a three-hour educational program for
students in second, fourth, sixth, and eighth grades. The program relates the
subjects math and music, art and English, science and social studies to each
other and to the Kirby-Hill story. The house is also available for rent for
community events and meetings.
The building is available for meetings, receptions, weddings,
showers and classes. The customary charge is $35.00 for each hour, but other
terms can be arranged. Bed and Breakfast prices are $80.00 a night for one
room or $150.00 for a two room suite. The house has air conditioners, heaters,
modern kitchen, and functional bathrooms.
- 6 gables, two chimneys, crow's nest with
- 8-foot windows, curved front walls, double front doors
Wrap-around porches, two levels, entry from all eight rooms
staircase, massive pocket doors, exquisite woodwork
- Servants' staircase,
butler's pantry, unique closets
- Built-in china closet with lifting glass
- 4 mirrored fireplaces with decorative brass covers
- 1.2 acres for
botanical and historical development
- Pictures, albums, papers, artifacts
dating back to 1832
- Lucy's 1879 organ, an 1850 piano and other original
- 100-year old STATE CHAMPION crepe myrtle TREE
Annual and Bi-Annual Programs-
Please see updated Calendar of Events on
Kirby-Hill Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre (twice a year)
Thicket Texian Days (during month of March)
Annual Christmas Dinner
Fundraiser (duringÂ month of December)
Wildflower Roundup (twice a
Kirby-Hill Educational Experience (twice a year)
Admission & Directions:
Nelda Overstreet - Curator
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