Anderson's mansion, Shoreacres

Anderson's mansion, Shoreacres

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Since: Apr 11

Houston, TX

#1 May 25, 2011
I was driving through the old neighborhood the other day, and was trying to explain Anderson's mansion to him. Anyone else remember the place? For some reason, I have this whole mythology built around the place - stories picked up here and there. Does anyone remember any of them, or the truth?

There was a decaying piano in the place, and not much else there when I explored it as a child - and the bridge going into Shady River that dove in and out of the bayou, like some ancient serpent!

I remember old Mr. Anderson ran a shoe store that my mom favored, and he was a sweet old guy. And some rumors about various stuff - but sketchy given the years.

Since: Apr 11

Houston, TX

#2 May 25, 2011
Boy my writing is disjointed tonight - trying to explain Anderson's mansion to my boyfriend is what I meant to say. /sigh
east texas

Lufkin, TX

#3 May 25, 2011
Boy!!! what a description. The old stone house-- Two story. The bridge over the bayou which was a little creek then; now swallowed up by subsidence. Wow!! the old palm trees, some are still there. I remember. You should try to find Margaret to fill you in. Margaret practically raised her brothers and sister in West Shoreaces as a teenager in that old house.
Linda

La Porte, TX

#4 May 25, 2011
I loved that old house-It was so scarey-I remember taking Susie home one night-wow-it was so dark and creepy.

Since: Apr 11

Houston, TX

#5 May 25, 2011
I loved that house, too! It was like this mysterious castle in the woods! I'd love to find Margaret and ask her the history. I wonder if anything's even still left of it. Hmmmmm. I'm probably too old to go galavanting, but it's tempting. But it would be neat to see what's left of it.
house

La Porte, TX

#6 May 26, 2011
NatNorrisStarwynn wrote:
I loved that house, too! It was like this mysterious castle in the woods! I'd love to find Margaret and ask her the history. I wonder if anything's even still left of it. Hmmmmm. I'm probably too old to go galavanting, but it's tempting. But it would be neat to see what's left of it.
i believe what was left of the house and property is gone. new house has gone up in place. the old bridge may still be there. been so long can't really remember the whole story. something about his son died in the house(maybe suicide??) anyways, after that heard it was haunted.
east texas

Lufkin, TX

#7 May 26, 2011
There were very few houses across the Bayou in those days and only one old wooden bridge to get to them. When you turned right on West Bayou there was the Jobson's, A.C. Merchant, Marvin Joseph, Fred Westergren, Kirby Miller, Curtis Fuqua, The Anderson's, and Jim Counts. That was it. The depression had taken care of the old golf course and turned it into jungle. Some of the old palm trees survived.
east texas

Lufkin, TX

#8 May 26, 2011
Does anyone remember the long driveway with palm trees on either side going to a house on the bayou where Shady River is now? I never knew who lived there. Somewhere in my mind the name Schnel rings a bell, but I am not sure.

Since: Apr 11

Houston, TX

#9 May 26, 2011
How absolutely neat - I didn't know about the neighborhood from then as we moved there in the early 70's, around 72 I think. By the time I was there, some houses were built - though a lot less than what I find to be the astonishing number back in that same area now.

About the house w/palms on the driveway - when would that have been?
east texas

Lufkin, TX

#10 May 26, 2011
1956-1961 (Before Carla)
lo lee

Houston, TX

#11 Oct 4, 2013
I am a little younger than some of you but have older siblings and parents(all of which still live in Shady River and Shoreacres). I believe Dad bought our house he still lives in in 1970. However I remember that house/mansion you speak of and during low tide going out to those "serpent bridges". Grew up back in those woods. That house and bridges always kind of seemed like a strange gothic fairy tale and I loved it. I also remember standing on the shore of the bayou watching across the bayou this mansion(or what was left) burn down. I actually had forgotten about it until I came across this. Happy though dark memories.
eshoreacres

San Jose, CA

#12 Oct 4, 2013
The house was trashed by the mid 70's. As with most things it seemed bigger than it was. That old bridge was spooky though. I am not sure about a golf course but then I grew up on the water side of 146. We had the old "haunted house" on Sunrise? by Bay Colony and the bayou.
There was another old house on the bay by Bayshore Elem. filled with cool antiques. We watched the old seminary at St. Marys burn from its backyard. The fire was huge and could be seen across the bay for miles.
East Texas

Lufkin, TX

#13 Oct 6, 2013
eshoreacres wrote:
The house was trashed by the mid 70's. As with most things it seemed bigger than it was. That old bridge was spooky though. I am not sure about a golf course but then I grew up on the water side of 146. We had the old "haunted house" on Sunrise? by Bay Colony and the bayou.
There was another old house on the bay by Bayshore Elem. filled with cool antiques. We watched the old seminary at St. Marys burn from its backyard. The fire was huge and could be seen across the bay for miles.
Where was the haunted house on Sunrise,neer BayColony? I remember the the Seminary fire, we lived in LaPorte at the time and we went down to Sylvan Beach to watch it. I love a forum like this where you can collectively turn back the time and live it again.
eshoreacres

San Jose, CA

#14 Oct 6, 2013
East Texas wrote:
<quoted text>Where was the haunted house on Sunrise,neer BayColony? I remember the the Seminary fire, we lived in LaPorte at the time and we went down to Sylvan Beach to watch it. I love a forum like this where you can collectively turn back the time and live it again.
The house was on the bayou by Baywood ave. It was on the side of Baywood that the yacht club was on. The street dead ended into the bayou and it was an old white two story building. I think at one time it was a rail depot for people coming down from Houston. We found a bunch of stuff inside that seemed to indicate that was what it was. It might have been a house at one time. The trees and undergrowth had taken over the outside and the inside was rotting away.
East Texas

Lufkin, TX

#15 Oct 7, 2013
eshoreacres wrote:
<quoted text>The house was on the bayou by Baywood ave. It was on the side of Baywood that the yacht club was on. The street dead ended into the bayou and it was an old white two story building. I think at one time it was a rail depot for people coming down from Houston. We found a bunch of stuff inside that seemed to indicate that was what it was. It might have been a house at one time. The trees and undergrowth had taken over the outside and the inside was rotting away.
We moved to Shoreacres in 1958 and Sunrise became Toddville Rd to Seabrook, which was the route of the Railroad early on. The house on Sunrise was the only house on Sunrise on the old Railroad right pf way. When we moved to Shoreacres that house was occupied by Bill Louden. So your memory of that house predates our arrival. The old railroad right of way was purchased by John Sheffield who developed houses along it. Where was the house on the Bay where you watched the Seminary burn?
eshoreacres

San Francisco, CA

#16 Oct 8, 2013
The house on the bay where we watched the seminary burn was at the end of the second street past Bayshore Elem..The opposite side of the school from Meadow Lawn. It was the last house on the bay and I believe there was access to the bay that abetted the proprty.
East Texas

Lufkin, TX

#17 Oct 8, 2013
eshoreacres wrote:
The house on the bay where we watched the seminary burn was at the end of the second street past Bayshore Elem..The opposite side of the school from Meadow Lawn. It was the last house on the bay and I believe there was access to the bay that abetted the property.
That was probably the stucco house on the bay between Shoreacres and Bay Oaks, with a driveway entering from Mirimar.
Margaret Maggie Anderson

Baytown, TX

#18 Oct 14, 2013
I don't go to "topix", but this was sent to me. Since I am the oldest sister of the Anderson mansion/haunted house, I will be glad to answer any questions if you will contact me thru the Around La Porte paper. I am glad the place has so many memories for alot of people, and I hope they are good ones. The house was not haunted! It did belong to the original Developer of Shoreacres. Maybe I should write a story about the house and put it in the ALP paper.
Maggie

“uh huh, you bet, Ded Dawn”

Since: Jan 09

I believe you, honestly!

#19 Oct 14, 2013
Margaret Maggie Anderson wrote:
I don't go to "topix", but this was sent to me. Since I am the oldest sister of the Anderson mansion/haunted house, I will be glad to answer any questions if you will contact me thru the Around La Porte paper. I am glad the place has so many memories for alot of people, and I hope they are good ones. The house was not haunted! It did belong to the original Developer of Shoreacres. Maybe I should write a story about the house and put it in the ALP paper.
Maggie
It's so nice of you to come to La Porte Topix to tell us that you don't come here... and seeing as that I don't go to the "Around La Porte paper" I am going to miss you.

Peace, Maggie.

Love always,
Heavy Fed
Joani

La Porte, TX

#20 Oct 14, 2013
Margaret Maggie Anderson wrote:
I don't go to "topix", but this was sent to me. Since I am the oldest sister of the Anderson mansion/haunted house, I will be glad to answer any questions if you will contact me thru the Around La Porte paper. I am glad the place has so many memories for alot of people, and I hope they are good ones. The house was not haunted! It did belong to the original Developer of Shoreacres. Maybe I should write a story about the house and put it in the ALP paper.
Maggie
I think it would be awesome if you did that. What fun...

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