Hezikiah Haskell House Historical

Hezikiah Haskell House Historical (HM1WQP)

Location: Austin, TX 78703 Travis County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 16.92', W 97° 45.694'

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The community of Clarksville is an early freedman's community that was established after the Civil War. Freed slave Charles Clark founded the community in 1871 as a place where former slaves could reunite with their family members, direct their own lives and openly practice their religion for the first time. Peter Tucker, a former slave, purchased land from real estate speculators around 1875. It is believed he built the home around 1879. Between 1878 and 1887 Mary and Edwin Smith purchased the home home. Later, Hezikiah Haskell, a Union soldier and "Buffalo Soldier," and a member of the black cavalry boarded with the Smiths and later married their daughter Catherine. In 1892, the Smiths deeded the home to their daughter. After the death of Hezikiah Haskell, Jr. in 1976, the home was deeded to the city of Austin and used as a senior lunch program site for a number of years.

The Hezikiah Haskell house is a Cumberland-style, single-wall construction, board and batten home with double separated front doors. The house sits on its original location and maintains a high degree of physical integrity. The exterior is unpainted board and batten and the roof is of rough-hewn cedar shingle shakes. The floor plan is unaltered, although room were added to the back. They no longer stand, but a few original windows and some of the square nails used for construction still exist. The Hezikiah Haskell house stands as a remind of Clarksville's historic and cultural roots and of the struggles of the people who moved there to live in freedom after years of servitude and separation. Clarksville is listed on the national register of historic places as a historic district.
Year Placed2012
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 at 9:03am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 619109 N 3350683
Decimal Degrees30.28200000, -97.76156667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 16.92', W 97° 45.694'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 16' 55.2" N, 97° 45' 41.64" W
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Area Code(s)512
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1701 Waterston Ave, Austin TX 78703, US
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