Considered the oldest house in Gonzales, this archetypal dogtrot-plan house of dovetail-joined, square hand-hewn logs was built by Horace Eggleston, a veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto. At each end of the gable roof, brick chimney stacks rise from the exterior walls, characteristic of Anglo-American building traditions. Log dogtrots, along with single-pen-and double-pen-plan houses, were house forms brought to Texas by American settlers from the southern United States. The earliest documented log buildings in Texas were built in the northeastern section of the state in settlements along the south bank of the Red River and date from 1812 to 1825. Originally sited closer to the river, the house was moved in 1954 to its present site in the city park. The house was saved by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, who furnished it as a house museum.
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