Make plans for Dec. 7 to partake in Save Old Cleburne’s 42nd annual Candlewalk Tour of Homes.
The Hudson House was built in 1910 with a barn in the backyard and a field behind it. Today this crisp cottage-style home sits prettily in its original paint color.
In the 1950s, the large back porch was enclosed to create three rooms — a new kitchen, sewing room and music room.
The barn is now a wood shop. The yard is immaculate with a lily pond, gazebo sitting area, picket fence, arbors and greenhouse/playhouse.
The earliest owner was a widow, Emma Haendle. She sold the home in 1921 to move to Fort Worth to live with her daughter.
In 1977, Jackie Hudson bought the house for $10,500, becoming the eighth owner.
Hudson was born in Cleburne at the Knox Hospital.
As a child, he taught himself to play the steel guitar. He played in local bands much of his life, having played with Box Car Willie, Steven Pride and Willie Nelson.
He is also a talented craftsman and is well known for his rocking horses and carved waterfowl. He will have five horses in various stages of creation for Candlewalk visitors. He will also have his newly crafted Noah’s Ark on display.
Linda Hudson was born in Tokyo, Japan. Her father was in the Navy and Air Force. After 38 years of service he settled his family in Mississippi.
Linda Hudson and her three children moved to Texas in 1980. Here she earned her nursing degree, recently retiring after 36 years. She met and married Jackie in 1991.
After years of being single and performing on the road, Jackie Hudson had not thought about home renovation. Linda Hudson has been quoted as saying, “If I had gotten a good look at this house before we had married, I am not sure I would have married you.”
Renovating every room, they started sheet rocking the front bedroom. This room became a little girl’s dream with two crystal chandeliers and an intricate two-story miniature doll house Jackie Hudson made Linda Hudson as a gift.
The living room has a built in faux fireplace that cleverly disguises a window.
The original formal dining room is Linda Hudson’s Christmas room, featuring a large Christmas tree with Jackie Hudson’s rocking horses polished to a shine, adorned with leather saddles and manes of horsehair.
On each side of the tree is a pictorial family history wall of photos dating back to the 1870s.
The welcoming red and white cottage kitchen is the perfect place to have complimentary wassail and cookies.
During Candlewalk, Chet Mears will be singing a combination of Christmas and gospel songs in the gazebo during tour hours, weather permitting.
This is the fourth time the Hudsons have had their home on tour. The last time was in 2015.
Linda Hudson has been a member of Save Old Cleburne for many years, always supporting preservation of older homes and buildings.
Tickets are available at the Layland Museum, Heritage Home Vintage Inspired Living, Cleburne Chamber of Commerce and online at eventbrite.com.
Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children under 12.
Day of tour tickets are $15 and $10, respectively.
Save Old Cleburne is a nonprofit organization. The Candlewalk Tour of Homes is the organization’s main fundraiser for the year.
Meetings are the second Monday of each month. For information, visit their Facebook page, Save Old Cleburne.