About The Baines House
Baines House History
Well placed antique items and furniture gave a historical feel of Texas in the 1860's.Leslie B. from Katy, TX Trip Advisor
The Russells were so accomadating and interesting, sharing the history of the property.Blondie B. from Waco, TX Trip Advisor
Rod and Sheryl are wonderful hosts, and the eclectic, quirky, artistic and historic displays are fascinating.Dianne H. from San Antonio, TX Trip Advisor
The Baines House...
merges Texas history with special comforts, little luxuries, and great breakfasts.
The Baines House was once the home of Reverend George Washington Baines, the great grandfather of the former President of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson. Reverend Baines was a key figure in early Texas - the founder of numerous Baptist churches and Baptist newspapers. He is credited with baptizing Sam Houston. He was the third president of Baylor University before moving to Salado.
The original Greek Revival, Texas dogtrot style home with salt box roof dates from the 1860's. Other historically and architecturally appropriate structures were relocated from Salado sites and Central Texas locations. Other structures were built using traditional carpentry, old materials, and significant architectural details. These include a pergola formed from chapel doors used at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, and old paving bricks from the streets near Baylor University in Waco.
The Baines House was Recorded as a Texas Historical Landmark in 1981 and Entered in the National Register of Historical Places in 1983.