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Texas Lakes Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Mesquite: Lawrence Home (Opal Lawrence Historical Park)


OPAL, ONYX AND GARNET

The story of the Lawrence sisters of Mesquite is a unique tale featuring Opal, Onyx and Garnet, daughters of Stephen Decatur Lawrence and Louisa Hill Walker, and the sprawling Texas Prairie vernacular home and surrounding farm where they spent their entire lives. The daughters had five siblings, three brothers and two sisters (Pearl and Ruby), but Opal and Garnet never married and they lived on the Lawrence farmstead with Onyx and her husband from the early 1900s until their deaths. In 1995, the last surviving sisters Opal and Onyx passed away. Opal, heir to the estate, left the home and two acres of the farm to the City of Mesquite. In response, the city purchased the remaining eleven acres of the farm, including barns and outbuildings in order to create the Opal Lawrence Historical Park.

The Lawrence home began as a 2-story farm house in 1882 and acquired additional porches and rooms, including a 2-story front portion and a belvedere tower complete with weathervane, around 1886. The large home has remained relatively intact including the original windows and doors. The exposed milled clapboard siding features the square heads of the hand-hewn nails used to secure siding to the exterior walls. Outbuildings include barns with original sidings and doors, wood shingles, and tongue and groove wood flooring, as well as a smokehouse and ten chicken coops. The entire property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and received a Texas Historical Marker in 1998. Self-guided and docent-led tours are available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 4th Saturday of each month and by appointment. 


Location

  • 701 E. Kearney St.
  • Mesquite, Texas
  • 75149

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Hours & Fees

  • Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • $5 for adults; $3 for children ages 3 to 12; children 3 years and under are free with adult


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