The Bryan House Mission, Texas
What stands today as a retreat for intimate gatherings and special events, this charming house once served as the residence of former 3-time presidential nominee William Jennings Bryan, who originally built the home in 1909. During his position as US Secretary of State under Pres. Woodrow Wilson, Bryan purchased 160 acres in the early development of the Rio Grande Valley due to its reputation for fertile farming land. He built the two-story abode as his winter residence; very similar to our wonderful Winter Texan citizens! Known to many as “the Great Commoner”, Bryan was a great supporter of the American farmer and gave many speeches and lectures in the surrounding Mission area. In 1916 Bryan moved his winter residence to Miami, Florida and the Council and Buckley family owned the home until 1989. It was then purchased by the Wilson family, who sought to carefully restore and treasure the house that they lived in with their family for many years.
The Wilsons then sold the house just two years ago to trusted neighbors Frank and Ariel King, who knew they had an obligation to care for and preserve Bryan House. They were happy to own the home, which included many photographs and memorabilia collected by the Wilsons. These items further show the significance of the Bryan House and the charming life of the early 20th century when the Rio Grande Valley was building itself from the ground up. Today, the Kings have opened up The Bryan House to the public which receives all kinds of visitors, whether they arrive for a historical tour or to attend a lovely bridal shower.
Although The Bryan House has seen many people throughout its life and lived through changing times, the humble residence will continue to be one of Mission’s historical gems and create many great memories for people of all ages. Serving as a charming bed and breakfast, a photo shoot location, and venue for intimate gatherings, The Bryan House happily sits amongst its natural plants and shrubs, waiting for you with open doors.