Historic home reopens after a year and a half

By Guy Chapman – Navarro County Gazette

The Kinsloe House, located at 618 W. 3rd Avenue, celebrated its 83 year history with a grand reopening ceremony on July 28.

After a year and a half of being closed, the Kinsloe House reopens to the public. – Photo by Guy Chapman

Originally organized Nov. 19, 1937, and first opening its doors on May 10, 1938, the historic Kinsloe House closed its doors in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The home had to remain closed after 2021’s Texas Winter Storm in February after the snowstorm caused water damage to the home, which required the organization to make repairs on the property.

“Kinsloe House has served our community since 1938, and we are delighted to finally once again open our doors,” said Kinsloe Social Chairman, Barbara Watkins in an e-mail.

Kinsloe House has been used for a variety of events and functions over the years, including club meetings, luncheons, memorials, receptions, rehearsal dinners, reunions, and showers. The historic property is also the home of the Woman’s Club House of Navarro County.

After the ribbon cutting, Mayor Don Denbow gave a short speech, and Cindy Erwin was recognized for her continual service in getting the Kinsloe House repaired and reopened.

“Best of luck in the future in providing programs for the City of Corsicana,” Mayor Denbow said.

See the video below for the ribbon cutting ceremony and Mayor Denbow’s speech.

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