The Starr Family Home State Historic Site, a Texas Historical Commission property, is located on 3.2 acres near downtown Marshall, Texas. The site interprets Starr family history and the 1871 family home of Frank Starr—Maplecroft mansion.
After the Civil War, in the midst of Reconstruction, the Starr family invested in Texas’ largest natural resource, land. By acquiring land and through land management, the Starr family business was able to advertise “Over One Million Acres in 100 Counties.” As a result of their land business, the Starr family was a major contributor to the growth of the railroad and cotton industries and the settling of the frontier of Texas in the late 1800s.
The Starr Family Home property consists of six buildings, including the Rosemont Cottage and the Starr-Blake House. These homes and outbuildings house the artifacts and collections, including original books, clothing, and furniture of Starr family members from the late 19th century. Visitors can also view family portraits and Victorian Renaissance-style furniture as well as Persian rugs added to Maplecroft by Ruth Starr Blake in the early 20th century. As a decorative arts enthusiast, she also amassed an impressive collection of Wedgwood china, including a reproduction set of Queen’s Ware of the Husk service found in archaeological digs of Williamsburg, Virginia. The house is in the process of being renovated and redecorated to reflect the family’s occupancy in the late 19th century.
Ultimately, the site was home to four generations of Starrs. Several separate households were maintained in different buildings for more than 130 years, the result of family members remaining close as generations of children grew up and had families of their own.