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The Mansion

The Berclair Mansion was built in 1936 by Mrs. Etta Wilkinson Terrell.  She was 75 years old when construction of the mansion began! 

The house was built on 2000 acres of pastureland that belonged to Miss Etta's four sisters.  It was intended from the beginning to be a home for the five sisters to live out their Golden years.  It is constructed of over 60 tons of concrete and structural steel with what was the latest in plumbing, heating and electricity of the time.

Mrs. Etta Wilkinson Terrell

The mansion is an exceptional display of original antiques and artwork acquired by Mrs. Terrell specifically for placement in this home.  Many of the pieces come from Europe...France, England, and Germany.  Each piece has an amazing history of its own.

The home consists of two floors, a basement and an attic.  There are 10 bedrooms, 4 full and 2 half bathrooms, a grand reception room, formal and informal living and dining rooms, 2 sets of staircases and an elevator that is original to the home.

After the death of the last of the five sisters in 1975, the mansion was willed to Miss Etta's niece, Genevieve Moore.  Genevieve passed away in 1997 with no children.  In her will she left instructions for the contents to be given to a museum and the house destroyed.  The heirs were able to have this part of her will set aside and in June 2000 the mansion was given to the non-profit organization the Beeville Art Association.


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The Beeville Art Association

The BAA acquired the mansion and 3 acres as a gift from the Terrell Estate.  With much time, money and expertise we were able to  refurbish and redecorate the entire mansion.  All work done on the mansion to get it ready and open to the public has been a labor of love, all at the hands of many volunteers.  It has been open to the public since November 2001.

 

On the Grounds

Behind the mansion is located what was once the stables.  Today it is a building equipped with a kitchen and eating area fit to hold dinner parties, showers, luncheons, teas, etc...

There is also the caretaker's cottage that is home to our fulltime caretaker and groundskeeper.

 

Would you like to help?

We hope you will pay us a visit and enjoy this little gem in the small quiet community of Berclair, Texas.  As you walk through this historic mansion you can just imagine the hustle and bustle of Miss Etta and her sisters entertaining guests and taking care of their beautiful home. 

If you would like to help us take care of this exceptional piece of history you can make a tax deductible donation, or better yet...Come See Us!!!  All proceeds from donations and tours/events go directly to the upkeep and maintenance of the mansion.

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