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January 26, 2023
Beamont, TX – With the end of January, McFaddin-Ward House administration announced the commencement of an extensive electrical project to rewire the 118-year-old home as part of its ongoing restoration and preservation efforts.

“The 118-year-old house, built of wood, continues to utilize the original knob and tube wiring from its construction more than a century ago, thus posing a potential threat to the home’s integrity,” McFaddin-Ward House Executive Director Tony Chauveaux said. “This will be the largest restoration project undertaken by the museum since the roof was replaced in 2001, and it is vital to ensuring the McFaddin-Ward House endures as one of Beaumont’s primary historical and educational resources for years to come.

“We have assembled a remarkable team to not just replace the wiring within the walls, but to repair and re-wire all the light fixtures, add needed electrical improvements throughout the historic house, and restore any damage resulting from the re-wiring.”

To lead the project, the museum has again engaged Oak Grove Restoration Company, headquartered in Alexandria, Maryland – the same group that previously restored the McFaddin-Ward House’s copper and lead roof, extensive porch, and the massive pillars flanking the home’s entry. Oak Grove will direct the work of Beaumont’s Newtron Electrical Services, a division of the Newtron Group, which has been tasked with installing the new wiring. Additionally, award-winning Virginia-based custom lighting and historic restoration lighting manufacturer, Crenshaw Lighting, will be responsible for removal, refurbishment, rewiring, and reinstallation of the house’s heirloom light fixtures.

Work completion is projected to take up to six months, during which time tours of the home will be on hold. The Carriage House will remain open for tours and will soon feature a new exhibit, “The Way Things Were,” an exhibition by Humanities Texas highlighting family and community life of Texas settlers. The exhibit will be displayed in conjunction with the fre McFaddin-Ward House Lecture Series presentation, “Architectural Ornamentation – How’d They Do That?” on Feb. 16.

“While the historic house will not be available for tours during this important work, that doesn’t mean a full array of programming will not be ongoing at the McFaddin-Ward House,” Chauveaux said. “With the continuing Lecture Series, tours and special exhibits in the Carriage House, the popular Movies at the McFaddin’s and Music at the McFaddin’s events, the premiere of the museum’s new month-long community outreach program titled SOAR throughout March, summer camp, and a brand-new Virtual Tour on our website, the McFaddin-Ward House will not be an idle place.”

New this month, visitors from around the world can access the McFaddin-Ward House’s three floors, the grounds, and Carriage House via the museum’s website at The new virtual tour tells the story of the McFaddin and Ward families through the lens of their beloved home. The tour features up-close object details, oral histories from the museum archives, and videos detailing the lived experiences of the people who called 1906 McFaddin Ave. “home.”

In March, the McFaddin-Ward House will kick off its inaugural butterfly-themed, month-long community outreach celebration – SOAR. Festivities will begin with a SOAR Family Day, featuring an outdoor butterfly exhibit, live music, performance artists, activities for families, food trucks, and more, on Sunday, March 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the museum’s grounds. Throughout the month, the museum will host a variety of special events, including movie night and Music at the McFaddins with the Night and Day Orchestra on Thursday, March 30. All SOAR events are free and open to the public.

Built in 1905-1906 in the distinctive Beaux-Arts Colonial style, the McFaddin-Ward House reflects the lifestyle of the prominent family that lived in the house for 75 years. The McFaddin-Ward House is an accredited museum by the American Alliance of Museums. For more information, visit


About McFaddin-Ward House:
The McFaddin-Ward House was built in 1905-1906 in the distinctive Beaux-Arts Colonial style. The building and its furnishings reflect the lifestyle of the prominent family which lived in the house for seventy-five years. The museum features volunteer docent-led tours of the home, year-round events, a carriage house, and gardens.

The McFaddin-Ward House will be a continuing source of inspiration and education, known and sustained for its exhibitions, programs, and partnerships that encourage life-long learning, inspire an appreciation for the past, and encourage commitment for future civic engagement.


About Newtron Electrical Services:
Newtron Electrical Services is a part of The Newtron Group, one of the largest privately-owned specialty electrical construction companies in the United States and is among the nation’s leading industrial electrical and Instrumentation providers. Newtron Electrical Services specializes in residential and commercial electrical repairs and troubleshooting, as well as industrial service work.

The Newtron Group’s addition to the Golden Triangle area of Southeast Texas, specializing in residential and commercial electrical repairs and troubleshooting as well as industrial service work. Newtron Electrical Services performs remodels & add-ons, electrical meter & breaker box replacement, parking lot lighting, electric motor controls repair, standby generator installation, fiber optic installation, terminating & testing and many other electrical services.