John Baylis Earle, builder of the first two rooms, moved to Waco from Mississippi in 1855 and manufactured uniforms for the Confederacy. J. S. Napier from Alabama acquired the property and built the brick main house in 1868 in a somewhat belated Greek Revival manner. The two-story porch is supported on four tall Ionic columns, whose simplified capitals were formed with laminated layers of cypress and pine cut-outs.
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