The Range, Barton House – Restaurant & Full Service Catering
Located at 101 North Main Street, Salado, Texas 70014
Jason Hermann

Phone: 254.947.3828

email: info@therangerestaurant.com

The Barton House was constructed by Dr. Wellborn Barton’s wife Louisa Adeline Cox along with their sons in 1866. Kentucky resident, Dr. Barton is a pioneering doctor who received a medical degree from Kentucky’s Transylvania University. Barton was a Confederate Army soldier as a surgeon during the war. They were South Carolina-born and moved their family to Texas during rebuilding. Louisa Barton and his wife, Dr. Barton established a successful Texas medicine practice. They had ten sons and daughters, and they were active in the community. They are buried in Salado Cemetery.
The Barton House was constructed in three stages. The combination of the new and the old creates a delightful atmosphere for history lovers and dedicated diners.
The original Barton House, built in 1866. It was constructed from Texas limestone and had three floors. The walls are 24 inches thick. The floors are longleaf oak. While Dr. Barton managed to keep his main floor medical practice open, the family lived in the two additional floors.
The house was built in 1879. Legend has it that Dr. Barton wanted the house to look like a country manor in England. There were wings at each end. Dr. Barton, a physician and entrepreneur, needed more space to support his growing medical practice. The Barton House has this addition on its left side. Two stories high, the addition featured two additional rooms per floor. Dr. Barton used the new room as a surgery space for his growing practice. The room also features an outdoor drainage limestone sink. This is Central Texas’ first indoor plumbing, according to Barton’s ancestors. According to rumours, General Custer was also treated in this area. Unfortunately, Dr. Barton died before a new wing was added to right-hand side. The Range Restaurant’s covered terrace can be found here today.
1946 brought new changes to The Barton House. Dr. Barton’s greatgranddaughter added four bathrooms to the house. Although it’s not clear where exactly the original bathroom was, it beats that which they had previously used. These toilets were designed to replace the outhouse originally used by the family.
The Range Restaurant was established in 1997 by Katie Hermann and Dave Hermann. The house was then extended by 1200 square feet. The addition contained a stateof-the-art kitchen and office as well as storage space. The Range Restaurant is a unique Central Texas restaurant because of its historical significance and the delicious cuisine it offers.