West of Honey Grove, Texas on Highway 56 are the remains of the long time abandoned Wheeler House (Locals refer to house the Wheeler Place). The house was built in 1854 by Wiley Husey. Mr. Hulsey, his wife, and ten children lived the house up until is death in 1880 (not sure when the family moved out). In 1884 the property was sold to Peyton Wheeler and his wife Martha Jane Hamil Wheeler.

The Old Wheeler House near Honey Grove, Texas

” According to the newspaper article in which the above photo appeared, the individuals pictured are: Chloe Wheeler, Dick Wheeler, Minnie Wheeler, Al Wheeler, Cliff Wheeler, Bertram Wheeler, Mrs. Peyton Wheeler, Mattie Wheeler, Peyton Wheeler, John Wheeler and Max Wheeler.” – Used with Permission by the Honey Grove Historical Society

Mr. Wheeler’s plantation had 700 acres and 500 of those acres were cultivated. He helped Honey Grove in the early development of the town. He also was a stockholder at the Honey Grove Mill and Planter’s Nation Bank.

According to the Historical Landmark Marker the house was dedicated by the Wheeler descendants in 1965. At the time of the dedication, the Wheeler House and surrounding property was owned by Mr. and Mrs. John Ivy. I have not been able to find out when the property was sold to Mr. and Mrs. Ivy and when they sold it.

Interesting Facts About the Wheeler House

The Old Wheeler - Historical Landmark Marker before it was lost

Image provided by the Fannin County Historical Commission

The Historical Landmark Marker (now missing) says the Wheeler House was the first classic revival house in the area and was built with slave labor. The house started construction in 1852 and was completed in 1854. The house had two chimneys that had chimney stones stones and lumber that was hand-hewed and “unusual stairway” (would love to know more about the stairway).  The joists were pegged instead of using nails. This process in my opinion is a sign of true craftsmanship and why the house is still standing when it should been a sad pile of wood.

A More Modern Picture of the Old Wheeler House

Photo Provided by Fannin County Museum of History – Image used with permission from the Honey Grove Historical Society

The Wheeler House was also the fifth house on the Bonham-Paris stage coach road.

To supply water to the house there was an old windmill that would pump water from the spring to keep the cistern full. The house house even had rain catchment system! Rain water from the house was caught in ash hopper that they used furnish lye for making soap.

The Old Wheeler House

Photo from the Collection of Rudy Wheeler. Left to right: Marie Wheeler (holding a doll), Max Wheeler (holding a puppy), Cliff Wheeler, Max Wheeler Sr., Van Rufus Wheeler, Mrs. Max Wheeler’s sister, Mrs. Max Wheeler Sr., Peyton Wheeler and Martha Wheeler.

To alert the plantation for dinner and any other alerts there was a mounted bell that could be sounded when needed.

Current Status of the Wheeler House near Honey Grove, Texas

All that Remains of the Old Wheeler House

The house is a total loss and won’t be around much longer. I am surprised it hasn’t totally collapsed or has been demolished by the owners.

As you can see from the images, the roof has collapsed and has taken out most of the second floor with it. Over the years the owners and scrappers have taken everything of value. The only things left worth saving is the old stone chimney and the wood siding.

All that Remains of the Old Wheeler House

This once happy place is now a sad site. When I was out there, it was so quiet it was creepy. But it could been that black vulture sitting on the chimney that kept staring at me.

As of 2020 it hasn’t changed much. The house was built was to last. To bad its to far gone to be saved.

Please note: This article was originally posted on my personal site on May 5th 2015 and  posted again with updates to VanishingTexas.com in September 1st 2017. The images were shot in August 2014. This article will be updated as new information is gathered. If you have any old photos of the house or stories you want to share, please contact or comment below.

Pictures of the Abandoned the Wheeler House in Honey Grove, Texas

The images were shot by hand with my Sony NEX-3N and a Sony SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 as the storms were about to pass through. I then edited them in Adobe Lightroom. I then post processed with Topaz Clarity to add texture, brighten the images, and bring out the details in the image. Then removed the dust spots and rain spots. I then used Topaz DeNoise to remove the noise from the image