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history

Gustav Munzesheimer built the Manor in 1898 as a wedding gift to his new bride Julia Blasingame. They had one daughter, Pauline Munzesheimer and resided at the Manor for 10 years before many hardships would cause the family to separate and move on.

In 1908 Mr. Thomas bought the home and resided here while he co-owned the local Mineola Monitor and was involved in many other activities around town.

After only two years Mr. Thomas sold the home to the talented Perry family who were the first to bring electricity and plumbing into the home. Mr. Perry worked the local cotton oil gin and Mrs. Perry taught music. They had three children, in which one was tragically killed in WW11. The Perry’s lived in the manor for 30 years until selling the home to the Cowan’s.

Mr. and Mrs. Cowan had a lively family and filled the household with laughter and cheer. Dr. Cowan was a local dentist and served the community for many years before his death in 1978. The Cowan’s had several children, many which still live in or around Mineola today. The Cowan’s lived in the Manor until 1980, in which it was sold and served as a flower shop and Christmas store to name a few.

In 1985, Bob and Sherry Murray from Oklahoma were in search of a home that was fitting enough for a bed and breakfast and sought all over Texas looking for the perfect place. When they saw the Manor in Mineola their dream came true, but they had many renovations to make, as the home was in very poor condition. By 1987, they had restored the home to its original appearance and by that time had researched much of the home’s history and family lore. The doors opened in 1987 and has been serving guests ever since.

In 2013, The Murray’s sold the Manor to a young and energetic couple, Bret and Ashlee, whom had been longing to find a place to host guests. It had also been a dream of theirs to start a bed and breakfast, but they were lucky enough to find the same beautiful house the Murray’s had found 26 years ago.

Today, the Manor still greets guests from all over and still engages in family traditions seen in the homes long past.