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The Larissa House History

Welcome to the Larissa House Inn, a cherished piece of Jacksonville’s history. Established in 1857, it stands proudly as the oldest house in Jacksonville, TX, steeped in a rich tapestry of stories.

A Humble Beginning



In 1873, the Brown family moved to the Larissa House. At this point the house only consisted of two rooms and a lean-to kitchen. W.A. Brown saw the home’s potential, though. He made substantial additions in 1874 and 1890, which turned the house into a real eyecatcher.

From Generation to Generation


The Larissa House became a big part of Jacksonville’s heritage as it was passed down through the Brown family. W.A. Brown’s granddaughter, Betty, kept the house throughout her adult life and founded the Vanishing Texana Museum in Jacksonville. If you visit the museum you can see preserved mementos from the family.

Rediscovery in the 1990s


The Larissa House stood neglected until the 1990s when the Stanfill family bought it. They meticulously restored the house and established it as a popular tearoom and restaurant while they used the upstairs as their home.

A New Chapter



Fast forward to the present day. After traveling the world as missionaries, Christian and Emily moved back to East Texas. After falling in love with the Larissa House’s beauty and history, they bought and restored it to its former Victorian glory. They hope it’ll be a place where families can build great memories together.

Be A Part of Larissa House’s History

Contact us today to rent a room at the Larissa House Inn. Or use our property as an event center for your wedding.