Neel-Simmons Home Marker Dedication To Be Held November 29th

DAYTON, November 13, 2014 - The Liberty County Historical Commission will dedicate a marker honoring the Judge Walter S. Neel home at 1204 Main Street, Dayton on Saturday, November 29th at 3:00 p.m.  The historic home is owned by Susan Simmons and has received a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark designation by the Texas Historical Commission. 

The Neel home was built in 1917 by Dayton Newspaper owner, editor, publisher and Justice of the Peace Walter S. Neel on a 1.66 acre lot which he purchased in 1914.  This house is a typical American four square style home constructed in two months.  The four bedroom house cost $2,500.00 in 1926.  After helping the City of Dayton incorporate, Judge Neel served as the city’s first Mayor and the Rotary Club President.  He was also a City Alderman, City Historian and Secretary.  His notable civic achievements included helping form and equip the local fire department and establishing the waterworks.  Judge Neel lived in the house with his wife, Selma until he died in 1962.  The house remained in the Neel family until 1971.

The home was purchased by John and Susan Simmons in 1997 and they began the long process of restoration of this lovely old home to its original grandeur.

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