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Mason County Republican Women Home Tour
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 • Posted April 15, 2009

Saturday, April 18th marks the 23rd year that the Mason County Republican Women have offered a Home Tour. It continues to fund scholarships for deserving Mason County graduating seniors desiring to further their education.

This year five couples will open their homes from ten to five on Saturday. Two address have more than one home available to tour.

Tickets can be purchased on Tour day at each home, or beforehand at Market Square on the west side of the Square. Tickets are ten dollars apiece, and a map will be included with directions.

As usual signs and red balloons will mark the way to each home. However, the Roger Jordan entrance is readily recognized by the American and Texas flags flying there. A little over a mile west of the blinking light on Highway 377 is their Texas Ranch home at 1446 Longhorn Lane.

Last year Roger and Tyra allowed their home on the Tour as a “remodeling project in progress”. They declare that this has been an ongoing work for years as they have tackled several areas individually such as restoring the original ceilings that had been covered with a lowered modern ceiling. Currently the high beaded ceilings and the longleaf pine floors are features that have been beautifully preserved.

This last renovation includes an addition that is the master bedroom. The exterior of native stone and stucco has been expertly matched with the original. The woodwork inside the room is also matched to the older woodwork throughout the house.

Visitors will note the original paintings and mounts that add to the Texas Ranch house influence. However, with its own outside entrance, Roger’s “man cave” room accentuates that influence. Also known as the recycled room because many of the materials are reused ones, there are mounts there that have an unusual story. Visit and ask.

The beautifully landscaped yards and gardens make this an attractive Hill Country landmark.

During the extensive remodeling, the Jordan’s needed a place to live and happened to have a place on the ranch that had been moved from town in the 1980’s to house farm employees. After the house was moved, the single board walls were studded out, insulated, and painted as well as rewired.

In anticipation of the long renovation of their residence, in 2006 the smaller house was further remodeled. In addition the grandchildren were arriving and Roger and Tyra knew they shortly would be in need of more space for those little darlings and their parents. The grandchildren dubbed the home “the Little House” rather than the earlier name of “Peach Tree Cottage” preferred by Tyra.

“Little House” it is, and this “Little House in the Hill Country” will be an added attraction on this Tour.

Approximately three miles from the square is the home of Herman and Jackie Morris at 1508 Old Pontotoc Road. Having previously lived in a home to the south, the couple watched this home being built with mixed feelings. It changed their view of the countryside. However, as the house materialized, they decided they liked the house built of limestone and eventually bought it when it became available.

From the minute the beautiful entrance doors are opened, the elegance of the home becomes apparent. The high ceiling of the living room readily accommodates the magnificent mounts of Herman’s and the large limestone fireplace.

The large kitchen with silestone countertops, and an attractive frosted glass pantry door has a great view of the limestone fence enclosed back yard.

Throughout the home are recessed areas with vases as well as plant shelves in the baths. To accommodate family and friends each of the guest bedrooms have complete baths.

A complete tour reveals an office, a half bath, and the master bedroom with a large magnificent bath. A small exercise room is off of this bath.

Tastefully decorated throughout, it appears that this home was designed especially for Herman and Jackie Morris.

MCRW appreciates the homeowners who so generously and graciously open their homes for this Tour. Also a special thanks is extended to each of you who tour these homes on Saturday, April 18th.

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