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Carol Archer and Betsy Caldwell shopping vintage linens

The Disciples Women of Central Christian Church toured the historic Raphael House in Ennis, Texas for a July outing. 

The landmark home on Ennis Ave. is a short drive south on I 45 and makes an excellent day trip from Dallas for shopping and touring.

The stunning neo-classical style house, both home and shop to interior designer, Harriett Adams, is on the National Registry of Historic Places. 

“The house is a great source of both pride and amusement to me,” Harriet said.  “Of course, it has it ghosts,” she laughs as she recalls some of the odd things that happened when she moved in over 20 years ago.  “But my ghosts are friendly,” she quipped. “And a house without a ghost isn’t a home,” she added.

“A house is also not a home without a dog,” discloses a wall hanging in the sun-filled breakfast room. And that is evident by the friendly, well-behaved canines lolling about the house and yard.

The entire first floor and porches of the house are filled with unique vintage and antique treasures for purchase. The sun-filled morning room sparkled with gorgeous rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings by jewelry designer, Theresa Giron.  Theresa is available for consultation on converting dated pieces, lying dormant in your jewelry box, to a new contemporary look. She also repairs broken jewelry.

A special buffet of sandwiches, fruits and salads was served to the group from the oversized kitchen island and lunch was enjoyed in the shaded, charming garden. Ice cream sundaes and cookies were the perfect dessert on a summer day.   

The Raphael House is located at 500 Ennis Avenue and the phone number is 972- 878-2400.  Call to see what is happening on a particular day and enjoy this enchanting day trip from Dallas.

The Disciples Women meet throughout the year, with monthly meetings in the fall, winter and spring. The organization combines charitable outreach service to the community, education to equip women to be the best they can be and emotional growth through social fellowship.

Contact the church office at 214- 526-7291 for more information.

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