Family’s 107-year-old home to be on tour

08/05/2014 9:55 AM

08/05/2014 9:56 AM

Parker County Heritage Society’s Historic Home of the Month is the Norton-Black-Lott Home located at 406 West Columbia Street.

Living in the house her great grandfather built, Martha and Richard Lott are the caretakers of a beautiful Weatherford historic home. This home was completed in 1907 by R.J. Norton and wife, Ida Potter. This stately home took three years to construct but only after the carriage house at the rear of the property was finished.

Much like the men of today, Norton had his priorities, although Ida probably had other ideas. Being the son of one of Weatherford’s pioneers, Judge David Owen Norton, R.J. followed in his father’s footsteps. In his early life he was an apprentice on Weatherford’s Frontier Newspaper and worked as a printer for the Houston Post.

In 1901, he established the Weatherford Bottling Company and began to manufacture soft drinks, later selling his company to Coca Cola in 1918. Ida also descended from a notable line of pioneers, one being a senator in the Texas Congress, Robert Potter, who signed the Texas Declaration of Independence and was the first Secretary of the Navy of the State of Texas.

The youngest of the Norton's five children, Ida Black, owned the home until she passed away at the age of 102 and a half. In January of 2000, the Norton's great granddaughter, Martha Lott, and her husband Richard acquired the home which has remained in the same family for 107 years.

This beautiful home will be on the 33rd Heritage Tour of Homes this December. If you have a Historic Home and would be interested in having your home on the Heritage Tour of Homes for 2014, please call Lisa Hamm, Tour Chairperson, at 817-296-0931 or e-mail at lisahamm@charter.net.

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