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The history of the Dewees Remschel House, part I




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This is part I of a multi-part history of the Dewees Remschel House.

Wilson County and the Wilson County Historical Society have had the good fortune of being bequeathed a historic home situated on a site of 130 acres in southern Wilson County. In addition to this property, the home is furnished with antique furniture and rugs plus an annual endowment of $12,000 for maintenance and operation of this facility as a museum and park.

The house is situated in the eastern center of the original Dewees Ranch. It is located approximately 5 miles southwest of Poth, off of F.M. 541 on Dewees Road.

In her will, Claribel Dewees Remschel, who was a direct descendant of the Dewees family, offered this property to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C., to develop into a museum and park. After a review of this property by the National Trust, it was refused by them because they felt it was too difficult to manage from Washington, D.C.

As directed by her will, in the event this gift was refused by the National Trust, the trustees in charge of the estate were to find another way to establish the museum in Wilson County. The trustees then approached the Wilson County Historical Society for assistance to develop this property into a museum and park. This opportunity was accepted by the Wilson County Historical Society. It was deemed to be a definite asset to Wilson County in preserving its history and helping develop another point of interest for the viable tourist industry.

The house was originally built by Dr. R.T. Knox in Gonzales, two blocks from the center of town. The two lots on which the Knox house was built are now owned by H-E-B and serve as part of the parking area for their present-day grocery store. The property abstract shows the lots being purchased in April 1866 by R.T. Knox, and it is thought the house was built soon after and occupied by his family until the early 1900s.

Dr. Robert Taggart Knox was an interesting man, as were his descendants who later owned the Dewees Remschel House in Wilson County. Claribel Dewees Remschel was the granddaughter of Thomas Dewees and Kate Ham Dewees. She was also the granddaughter of Dr. Knox’s daughter, Mattie Mae Knox, and Henry Remschel.

Compiled by Gene Maeckel from information in the files of the Wilson County Historical Commission Archives, P.O. Box 101, Floresville, TX 78114. Web site: http://www.wilsoncountyhistory.com .
 
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