Cox House

Cox House (HM26SB)

Location: Orange, TX 77630 Orange County
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N 30° 5.832', W 93° 44.12'

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The town of Orange began as a settlement in the late 1820s on a bend in the Sabine River. By the Turn of the Century, the town had expanded north of the river bend. Thomas C.B. Cox (1856-1929), a civil engineer for the Lutcher and Moore Lumber Company from Alabama, married Delha Renfro (1865-1934) in 1890. Cox purchased two lots in 1909 from Agnes Jett in Orange and, by 1910, they build a comfortable hose for their family.

Tom and Delta Cox hired Daniel Webster Howell, one of Orange's major builders, to build the house in the Shingle Victorian style. Around the bottom and under the eaves of the house, is flared fish scale style skirting. The ceilings are 12 feet high. The floors are made of 2 inch planks of white oak. There are 33 windows on the house. Tom Cox's career began in lumber but then went on to include surveyor, land man, deputy sheriff, and head of the tax department.

Several more families and tenants lived here over the years, including Carlton Trimble, president of the Chamber of Commerce and member of the economic development council following World War II. In 1944, the Trimble family added a second floor to the house and turned the back porch into a full room. The Roberts family in the 1960s added a carport and a fallout shelter to the house, now removed. This home is a reminder of the early 20th Century

development of the area and the craftsmanship that preserves our heritage for generations to come.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2015
Marker is Property of the State of Texas
HM NumberHM26SB
Year Placed2015
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, April 12th, 2018 at 7:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 429147 N 3329783
Decimal Degrees30.09720000, -93.73533333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 5.832', W 93° 44.12'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 5' 49.92" N, 93° 44' 7.1999999999998" W
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Area Code(s)409
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 612 W Orange Ave, Orange TX 77630, US
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