On Feb. 11, The W.H. Stark House will celebrate its 30th year of being open to the public.  As part of the celebration, the public is invited to the adjacent Carriage House for free coffee, punch and cookies. In addition, complimentary 2011 calendars will be given to visitors and free tours will take place Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children over the age of 10 are welcome, but they must be accompanied by an adult.

On Feb. 10, 1981, after an extensive 10-year restoration, The W.H. Stark House opened for the first time to the public for tours.  Since opening, over 90,000 people have toured the historic home.  The W.H. Stark House is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a Record Texas Historic Landmark by the Texas Historical Commission.

“For thirty years the W.H. Stark House has been the landmark of the Stark Plaza in downtown Orange, providing visitors an insight into a bygone era of history,” states Director, Patsy Herrington.  “Our visitors have the opportunity to experience how a Texas lumber family lived at the turn of the century in southeast Texas. We invite the community to share in this milestone as we celebrate being open thirty years to the public.”

The community is encouraged to join in on Friday, Feb. 11 to learn about the history and culture of the Stark family that once occupied the home and the family’s philanthropic efforts that continue to benefit the community through the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation.

Located at 610 West Main Avenue in Orange, Texas, The W.H. Stark House is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  For more information call 409-883-0871 or visit www.whstarkhouse.org.