The Anglin Rose is the first private home in Cleburne to receive a Texas Historical Marker.
The house, 808 S. Anglin St., is one of eight stops on the in Save Old Cleburne’s 42nd annual Candlewalk Tour of Homes on Dec. 7.
Recognized by its pink color, the Anglin Rose Queen Anne style house is one of Cleburne’s best in Victorian architecture.
The most outstanding features are the 9-foot-by-9-foot stained glass key window and an octagonal second floor torrent which is topped with four half moon windows.
The two-and-a-half story 4,500-square-foot house was built in 1892 for successful grain dealer John L. Cleveland and wife, Annie. The Cleveland’s owned real estate in Cleburne as well as a hardware store. They also helped finance and construct First Methodist Church.
The Clevelands were sitting on the porch swing after church one Sunday when a young couple drove up, stopped and said they were thirsty, could they something to drink? Annie Cleveland, being a gracious hostess, went into the house, brought them lemonade and tea cakes served on a Havilland China plate. They refreshed themselves and left. Only later did the Clevelands learn that the young couple had robbed a bank and were Bonnie and Clyde.
Milton and Saundra Williams bought the house 22 years ago with dreams of owning a Victorian home and having a bed and breakfast. It is lavishly high Victorian showcasing their antiques and collections bought throughout the years.
The front of the house is formal. It features an entrance with staircase, a gorgeous dining room and parlor where the Williams’ lighted Christmas village collection is displayed.
The back of the house is warm and casual. Cozy country kitchen with an original brick fireplace, custom-made kitchen cabinets were installed this year making the kitchen more efficient for modern cooking. The den to relax and visit and two bedrooms; the master and a room for grandkids to spend the night.
Upstairs is for bed and breakfast guests featuring Grandmother’s Room, Uncle Sam’s Room, a bridal suite and a mini kitchen.
The bridal suite features a wedding cake topper collection and Victorian bridal bouquets under glass.
Many brides have posed for pictures in front of the stained glass window and on the staircase. Lighted Santas are showcased in the large hallway. Throughout the home is eight beautifully decorated Christmas trees.
Milton has done the majority of the home restoration himself, designing and building the fence around the front. The quaint little house with a porch in the backyard disguises a shed. The yard is an oasis with large ferns and lush landscaping. A perfect place for small weddings.
Saundra Williams has been a member of Save Old Cleburne for 30 years, serving as president. She has knocked on many doors, gone to many civic meetings, promoting historical districts, always firm on saving the architecture so unique to Cleburne and preserving its history.
The last time the Anglin Rose was on tour was 2013.
The Candlewalk Tour of Historic Homes is from 1-8 p.m. Dec. 7.
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.