The Presbyterian Manse
211 Delta St., Jefferson, TX.
Built 1839, this is considered the oldest home in Jefferson, the Manse is one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture. The early structure faced Alley street and was built by Charles G. Peel as his family residence. It was a one-story frame house covered by clapboard, elevated above ground level on a brick foundation. It was said to have consisted of two rooms. The second construction occurred in 1850 extending the home to its current full size.
The main entrance has fluted Doric columns, and the opposite west side has square columns with molded capitols. Another typical period feature is the double front door with sidelights on both sides and a transom light above. This allows natural light into the home while the portico roof shades the glass from the strong summer sun.
In 1856, the property was sold to Gen. James Harrison Rogers, a prominent lawyer in Jefferson. The house was acquired by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in 1903 for use as their Manse (home for the church pastor), and it served in that capacity for 50 years.
Well-documented during the 1936 Historic American Building Survey (HABS), the home is documented in the Library of Congress.
NRHP-1969 (Text by Cheryl MacLennan)