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Several of the homes of Dayton built in the late 1800s and early 1900s have been preserved and are still in use.  The streets to tour include:

  • Ford Avenue

  • South Winfree

  • South Church St.

  • North Main Street

  • East Clayton Street

  • West Kay Street

  • Texas FM-1960


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705 Ford Avenue

Built in 1896 by Edmond Pruett Sr.

This home was built in 1896 by Edmond Pruett Sr. The original home was a two story frame with a half story above the two floors. the Pruetts brought acorns from live oak trees when they moved from Virginia and planted them in a square. These trees are the might oaks here today.  The pine lumber was hauled by wagons from Louisiana and the flooring is 1-1/4 inches thick. There are 3 fireplaces with oak mantles.

The house has 12 foot ceilings and had porches on each of its four sides. A screened porch upstairs of the original house was used for sleeping. There were  bedrooms upstairs, a hall, and a bath. The lower floor had a living room, dining room, kitchen, office-study, and a large entrance hall. This home was headquarters for a large ranching operation.

After the death of Edmond Pruitt, his wife Minnie, sold the house to J.J. Balderach. Mrs. Balderach sold the property to R.V. Young, who passed the property to Esther Drawhorn, his oldest daughter. The house was renovated in 1946 and 18 feet were taken off the height of the house.

1007 South Winfree Street

Built circa 1900 by Edmund Day Pruett Jr.

This house was built circa 1900 by Edmund Day Pruett Jr. who engaged in the cattle business with his father by the same name. Sources disagree whether Edmund built the house, originally a yellow and red wood-frame, for his wife or his only daughte rLily. He sold the home in 1924 to Milo Westel and Ella Ford Sr., furnished with antiques, and the surrounding 99 acres for $7,500. Milo raised cattle while Ella raised their four children there: M.W. Jr., Allene, Goerge David, and Boonie.

602 South Church Street

Built in 1934 by the J.D. Harris Jr. Family

The house was built in 1934 by the J.D. Harris Jr. Family. They planted the trees in the yard that are now huge beautiful live oaks. Harris founded Peoples Lumber and Supply Company in 1929 and the company remained int he family for three generations, closing in 2015.

When J.C. and Emma Harris could no longer maintain the home, they sold it in 1976 to Delmar Stover who stayed 10 years. He sold it to the Dr. J. Wayne MacDonald Family in 1988. Dr. MacDonald came to Dayton to practice medicine in October 1979 and still does so today, also still owning the home.

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