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Swenson House Historical Society

The historic Swenson House is a magnificent setting for weddings, receptions, parties, teas, meetings retreats, workshops, conferences and other gatherings. After two years of stabilization and restoration work, the Swenson House is now available for events. Built in 1910 by W.G. and Shirley Swenson, the home was built on 58 acres owned by the family. Today the grounds cover a two acre city block. In 1928 the Swenson family completed a major remodeling of the home, adding brick veneer, a grape arbor and many Spanish Colonial Revival architectural features. The Swenson home is unique because so many of the original features have been preserved.

The Abilene Preservation League owned and maintained the Swenson House since 1991.  On August 20th, 2019 the deed was officially handed over to the Swenson House Historical Society on the front porch of the house with Mayor Anthony Williams in attendance.


The Swenson House is available for weddings, wedding receptions, performances, parties, meetings, workshops, retreats and conferences. Rentals are available seven days a week, 8 a.m. - 12 midnight. The house can accommodate around 110 for a seated dinner and a few more for a typical reception without table seating. Banquet tables and chairs must be rented and brought in at the present moment, but we are working on having our own in-house options available, too. There is furniture in each room, and additional fees may apply for requests to move the furniture.  The Music Room has a baby grand piano. A tuning fee will be charged for those using the piano. We have some restrictions on decorations and users must observe regulations governing the use of certain electrical equipment. For pricing, call us and tell us about the particular event you have in mind, 325-232-8454. We'll recommend a package for you. Our e-mail address for questions is SwensonHouseFriends@Gmail.com

Private and group tours available on request & are guided by our docents. Please give us a call we love to share this beautiful house with you!

We have so many people to thank for their support!

Special thanks to Keep Abilene Beautiful, Big Country Master Gardeners & Community Foundation of Abilene!

Each & every person who has bought a ticket, purchased a rental or even simply showed up to a free event, we thank you so much.  We love to shine our light on local businesses that support us here on our website & on our social media!


Come & take a tour of the Swenson House!

We would love to have you come by & take a tour of the Swenson House.  We have guided tours by our docents or our very passionate board members.  You do have to call & schedule your appointment.  Often we can do the tour the same day as your phone call with a reasonable notice.  We really think the Swenson House is something you have to see in person.  We have A/C in both the upstairs & the downstairs for a comfortable experience even in the height of summer.  We are open to bus tours or groups that come from the Metroplex, Austin or San Antonio.  There is some other great attractions here in Abilene to fill your day & make it back to your own bed all in the same day!