In the early morning hours of November, 25, 2009, the Magnolia House in Mineola burned. The 100+ year old landmark appears to be a total structural loss.
This is actually the second time this house has burned. Hopefully it can be rebuilt and will continue to stand as a landmark for the next hundred years. If not, we urge the city and the people of Mineola to do whatever is needed to preserve the two huge, 115-120 year-old Magnolia trees that gave the house its name. These trees are believed to be some of, if not the, largest Magnolia trees in existence. It would be a shame for the trees to be removed for any reason at all.
The house was unoccupied and nobody is known to have been injured in the fire.