Located just off East Main Street in downtown Nacogdoches, the Haden Edwards House is the perfect place to stay, whether you're visiting from out of town or just need a night out of the house. You'll be within easy walking distance of the Cottage Wine Bar, the Fredonia Brewery, Brendyn's BBQ, the Nacogdoches Sterne-Hoya Museum, the Blue Horse Bakery, the Fredonia Hotel's 1st City Cafe, and too many other local businesses and attractions to list, including the Charles Bright Visitor Center, The Bosslight Bookstore, Dolli's Diner, and the Red House Winery, among others. Come spend a night or two, relax, enjoy the two wrap-around decks, the high ceilings, the wood floors and the comfortable beds. You deserve it.
This historic home, located at 106 North Lanana in the Zion Hill District, was built in the 1860's and renovated in the 1890's by Nacogdoches architect Diedrich A. Rulfs. It is the architect's best example of Victorian Stick, a transitional style that developed in the last quarter of the 19th century between carpenter Gothic and the more popular Queen Anne homes. As a example of Victorian Stick, the Haden Edwards house is a soaring vertical structure, asymmetrical in form, with a decorative pattern of horizontal, crisscross, and diagonal boards that create a flat, multi-textured surface effect. This effect is seen especially in the upper stories around the narrow windows and gable ends. A steeply pitched irregular roof, projecting gables, large porches, and bright contrasting colors are also characteristic of Stick Style.
The Haden Edwards Inn is named after the first empressario of Texas and the leader of the Fredonia Rebellion of 1826 which advanced the movement for Texas Independence. In 1825, Edwards received a land grant from the Mexican government, allowing him to settle families in East Texas. His grant included the city of Nacogdoches, and Edwards soon angered many of the previous settlers. After his contract was revoked in 1826, Edwards and his brother declared the colony to be the Republic of Fredonia. He was forced to flee Mexico when the Mexican army arrived to put down the rebellion, and did not return until after the Texas Revolution had broken out.