You are here

Thomas Jefferson Chambers House, “Chambersia”

-A A +A
1845. 200 block of Cummings St.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

One block north of the courthouse square is a remnant of the house of Thomas Jefferson Chambers, for whom Chambers County is named. “Chambersia” is the western portion of a larger house. It is unusual in the context of southeast Texas houses of the pre–Civil War period for its board-and-batten construction. The hoods above the verandas also appear on other houses in Chambers, Liberty, and Jefferson counties, some propped by diagonal braces as at the Chambers House. The round Lone Star window in the west gable is a distinctive feature, although a chimney stack originally rose along this wall. Another unusual element is the exterior spiral stair on the north veranda facing Cummings Street. Chambers was involved in numerous disputes over land claims on the townsite and was murdered in his house in 1865.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


What's Nearby


Gerald Moorhead et al., "Thomas Jefferson Chambers House, “Chambersia”", [Anahuac, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.