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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!



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This is our first year of the Swenson Boo Bash.  We are very excited to have another event off of the Halloween theme decorations.  The decorations are pretty elaborate & setting everything up as well as protecting the House, is very time consuming.  We know that most adults, especially if you have had kids in the house or have had young kids that are high schoolers now, you are in the routine of buying 4+ bags of candy having fun handing it out to the kids, maybe having mini block parties in the drive. Well, we want to give you an alternative that we think is a little bit more fun.  Kids don't need all that candy, anyway!  Have some adult fun at a costume party (the best kind) having some great food, drinks & entertainment in the best Halloween decorated building in town, the Swenson House!

Check out the website for more info!

Haunted Abilene Tickets For Sale!


This is our flagship event of the year.  Wizards & Witches is our theme.  We are so thankful for the turnout last year & for our sponsors that really play a huge role in the success of the event.

We are looking for volunteers, for set-up & to participant in the haunting experience.  This next week we will be ramping up our committees & reaching out to those who have expressed interest in helping.  So, hang tight, we definitely want you & need you.  Sponsoring local school tickets or the family outreach centers is a great way to bless the community with your generosity.  It really is a great experience & the kids love it.  We thank you in advance.  If you are a sponsor, bring out some yard signs, set up a table with some of your marketing material & join the fun out in yard.  You can also sponsor the "Corn Maze," "Cemetery," "Trolley Ride," etc.

We will have food trucks, Fox Coffee, it is a blast!  It is the best Haunted House in...... Texas?!


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!