History

Charles and Laura Durning (click on the small images to see larger versions)

Charles Durning came to Texas after the Civil War as a young man following his dream. He settled outside Van Alstyne and made his living hauling freight from Jefferson to this part of north Texas. This house was made from lumber he hauled sometime around the turn of the century.

“Granny” Durning loved having company and entertained many neighbors and friends through the years. It is fitting that the house still beckons neighbors and friends with the warmth of yesteryear. “Granny” is probably still watching over her home.

Hester (Granny) and Charles Durning on their farm. They are the ones who built this house and lived in it first. Then son, Charles and family lived here.

The Bed & Breakfasts are open year round. A deposit is required with the reservation either by check or credit card. The Restaurant is open for lunch Tuesday-Friday 11:00-2:00. We serve dinner on the 1st Saturday of the month.

The Durning family at the Durning House in 1914.

Owners of The Durning House, Brenda Hix and Sherry Heath, first opened their doors in July 1989 with the Main House. The restaurant followed Feb. 14, 1990. Then demand resulted in the construction of the Sunday House in 1995.

Landscaping is a priority here. We boast 3 white dessert willows from Benny Simpson himself. We love old fashioned plants and unusual ones. The total package of good food, good lodging, and good surroundings make for a memorable stay. An experience that pleases you is our goal.