Parker County Today April 2016 - Page 47

Photographic Memories of Shaw-Kemp Open House on pages 94-95 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY acquired buildings of Kemps’ Mt. Nebo where yesteryear artifacts, tools, dolls and conveyances are seemingly end-to-end. Here, my friends, you will find at least one of everything that is or ever was! (Well, not really. But there is a lot of stuff to see.) Dine sumptuously on picnic (BYO) fare while listening to local music or looking out across undulating vistas that fall away in every direction from Mt. Nebo. Shaw-Kemp Open House is located at 220 Kemp Road, just off Highway 51 South (Granbury Highway). Turn your curiosity loose and follow the signs. APRIL 2016 try’s centennial year. The 10-room house north of the cabin dates to 1918 and according to Mary has not been changed the slightest inside or out. T.J. and Louisa Ann Shaw’s 13th child, Jordan, built the home which is fittingly called the “1918 Jordan Shaw House.” Mary’s moved-in Barber Shop and Bath House once stood alone in the middle of a cow pasture over in the Baker Community — perhaps an old railroad line shack turned range office. Items from her late husband’s classic collection spiff up the place, particularly two 100-year-old barber chairs. The DeBeauford House originally sat on Cleburne Highway at Airport Road and holds special memories for Miss Mary — she and V. Jr. rented the place when he returned home in 1948 from the Navy. Two children were born to the couple while they called the house home. Since the late ’90s, it’s been part of Mary’s little pastoral village. Mt. Nebo Valley never had a grocery store or post office, but that’s been remedied by the addition of a donated building and period trappings. An old-fashioned Humble Gasoline pump stands out front. Rounding out the village are Mt. Nebo School and Church, Nebo Valley Jail and Sheriff’s Office, the Corn Crib and Blacksmith Shop, Doc Tanner’s House and Denti st Office, and Nebo Valley Bank. Each of these structures has its own story, whether it was donated or bought, built or moved. Mt. Nebo Valley village is more than anything else a collection of stories. A signature draw of the event has been bluebonnets — those sometimes fickle flowers that Texans love to be photographed with. “Don’t promise them,” Mary warned for this year’s do. “With all the rain we had you would think they’d be good, but ...” Better to be happily surprised, eh! Rain has ruined the day but once, back in the event’s 30th year — 2010. Again, Shaw-Kemp Open House is set for Saturday, April 9, 2016, from 1 to 5 in the afternoon. Come ready to see folks —some celebrities — in period dress tramping up and down the dirt street and wooden porches of the 45