Located at 420 Pine Street in Texarkana, Texas, the Ace of Clubs House, also known as the Draughon-Moore House, is a National Register property and a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark with some distinct features. Built in 1885 as a private residence this Italianate, Victorian home is in the shape of a club, from a deck of playing cards. This house is considered to be one of the most unique in the country with three octagonal wings and one rectangular wing adjoining at a central octagon shaped stair hall. A twenty-foot tower and spiral staircase make this home even more unique.
There is some local lore as to
how this house came to be and got its unique shape and features. The legend is that the house was built by
Confederate Veteran Captain James Draughon after he won $10,000 in a poker
match with the ace of clubs. He then
decided to build a mansion befitting of its origin. Three families lived here in its span as a
residence. The last owners of this
house, the Moores, then donated the house to the Texarkana Museum System in
1985. The house was remodeled, two years
later in 1987 and has served as a museum in Texarkana ever since. Inside, its rooms provide a peek into
Texarkana high society from 1880 to 1940.
Its rooms are ornate and extravagant, and they were inhabited for nearly
one hundred years. Now this house is one
of the most unique places not only in Texarkana, Texas but in the country.