The William and Fannie Lybrook Houston Home was built in 1845. The first brick built in Lewisville is definitely “A place of history”. William Houston, a cousin of Sam Houston, moved to Indiana from Virginia in 1825.
After marrying Frances Lybrook, from Union County, the newlyweds moved to Lewisville in 1834. They were blessed with 10 children, and they became an integral part of the prosperous village of Lewisville. William was a local businessman and was appointed Postmaster in 1837. In the obituary of “Fanny” Houston it was evident that, as well as being wife and mother, her community meant a great deal to her. It was stated that her neighbors held Mrs. Houston in high esteem. All places of business and public schools were closed out of respect to her memory. The following is an excerpt from a poem written by Rosa Houston Cranor, Daughter of William and Fannie Houston,
“Our Old Home”
The Old Home it me so dear.
Where my mother’s voice I used to hear
In lullabies so patient and sweet
Singing her baby girl to sleep.
After many years of serving as a home, inn, vulcanizing shop, restaurant, merchant shops and finally a vacant eye sore, the Town of Lewisville purchased the Houston Brick in 1995. The Town applied for and received a grant for historic restoration of this “place of history”. First Lady Judy O’Bannon dedicated the Houston Brick on February 10, 2000. The restoration project took nearly five years to complete.
The Houston Brick now houses the Lewisville Community Center, Lewisville Utility Office and the Lewisville Community Library. The Community Center holds a community luncheon on the second Thursday of each month with everyone welcomed for a good meal and good fellowship. The center is available for club or organization meetings and also available for rental for parties.
It is the sincere hope of the Lewisville Town Council that by preserving this home, that the love and respect for community participation so evident in the Houston’s lives will be passed on to other generations.