The Ross Carroll Bennett House
This picturesque home has long been a Brenham landmark and favorite of historians and tourists.
The 3-story Victorian structure was built of cypress wood, scored to simulate stone. It has ten rooms, fully furnished with original family and period antiques, and a third-floor attic once the site of festive parties and dances.
The home’s interior has abundant Victorian details including leaded stained glass windows with jeweled inset, original fretwork, circular alcoves, and original wood floors.
Of special note are the petticoat mirror in the entry hall, the carved rosewood square grand piano, and the five-piece turn-of-the-century dining room suite.
A brief history…
This impressive home was constructed in 1898 by Mr. and Mrs. John Ross. Their daughter, Mrs. J. V. Carroll, remained in the house and raised her family there. In 1970 the property was bought by the late Howard and Lucy Bennett who did much of the restoration. Their heirs, David and Bill Bennett, donated the home to the Heritage Society of Washington County in 2012.
Photos: Ron Werchan