WAXAHACHIE — From trunks to trinkets and antique collectibles, one Waxahachie business is dispersing the treasures hidden inside the William D. Anderson home to Ellis County and beyond.
“Every place is different, but the Anderson home is a pretty neat find,” expressed Mary Roux, co-owner of Southern Revival Antiquities and Curiosities. “We’ve only done a handful of houses like this, with unique finds because the original owners left so much of the original stuff."
Established in 2014 and co-owned by Roux and Tish Creech, Southern Revival Antiquities and Curiosities is an estate-sale management business that specializes in private listings, auctions, selective downsizing, and the acquisitions of vintage, antique and upscale furnishings.
“We started when our youngest girls were starting kindergarten and we wanted something part-time,” began Roux. “Tish and I had a friend who had some nice antique pieces that they wanted to consign, so we started with a little booth and doing consignment sales for people with some of our higher end pieces.
“And then there were a couple of people in town with estate sales who were retiring, and it just happened at the same time, and we just ended up taking over what they had left, and that’s how it turned into an estate sale. So we just went in that direction."
Currently, Southern Revival has taken on a unique project with the brick veneer Anderson home on West Main Street, spending the last three weeks organizing the estate sale.
“The Anderson home is one of the neatest homes we’ve done because it’s such a historic home on Main Street and full of original furnishings and decorations,” Roux acknowledged. “I think that’s what makes that one so unique. It was just stalked full, floor to ceiling, with lots of history.”
Built by the Ramsey Brothers in 1925, the 92-year-old Anderson home is identified for the architectural design of Bertram C. Hill and floor plans by Anderson’s wife, furnished with some rare items dating as far back as 18th century.
The home is not only listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but it is also known as playing a role in the opening scene of the film, “Places in the Heart,” as well as being home to a well-known figure in the community.
“Anderson was a big power broker in Waxahachie, and when he died, he was the President of the Waxahachie Bank and Trust,” recognized Royce Montgomery, the current owner of the property.
From imported heather brown tile shipped from Wales to Perla Velour brick of nine different colors on Flemish bond, original hardwood floors, and Rookwood mantle fireplaces, the Anderson home has yet to meet much change.
“We bought it from his [Anderson’s] widow in 1992. So this house has only been moved out of once,” Montgomery explained. “Nothing has been done to the house, and the house is just like it was in 1925. The only thing that’s ever been done is a floor furnace and window air units.”
Buying the property fully furnished, Montgomery’s retirement has opened the door to pass out the heritage that has been stored throughout the years.
“Waxahachie is known for century-old homes, that’s a part of Waxahachie’s history of the big cotton boom,” explained Paula Baucum of PR Baucum and Associates, a marketing and advertising arm of Southern Revival Antiquities and Curiosities. “So it’s drawing people here like crazy because it’s a chance of getting that piece of history."
According to a previous Daily Light article, Waxahachie’s first significant stage of growth was in in the late 1800s by way of the cotton industry that paved the way for the county to become the nation’s largest cotton producer.
Since then, the Texas State Historical Association claims that the Gingerbread City underwent a rollercoaster of change, rising in economic success and diving during the great Depression and World War II.
However, the county seat of Ellis County later made a comeback in population through its agricultural, commercial, and industrial foundations, growing to what it is today.
As for the estate sale of the Anderson home, Roux encourages the community to stop by and participate in purchasing a piece of Waxahachie history this weekend July 13-15.
"Whether people are coming to look at the house because it's so beautiful, or through all the things here, we hope they stop by and take a look around through this history," Roux concluded.
The Anderson Home estate sale will be held at 712 West Main Street this Thursday and Friday, July 13-14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, July 15 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information about Southern Revival Antiquities and Curiosities, visit facebook.com/SouthernRevivalAntiques, or call Mary Roux at (254)-541-7660 or Tish Creech at (214)-435-3760.
Chelsea Groomer, @ChelseaGroomer