O’Shields Family Ranch
Overview: The O'Shields Family Ranch is a unique offering and a rare homestead property found in Fannin County, just a 1-hr and 20-minute drive northeast of Dallas, TX. A 3,450 +/- SF home sits on a high point on the front of the property. Found at the end of a county road, the privacy is impressive, and the property itself is a combination ranch. Several smaller ponds and stock tanks to both fish and water livestock in combination with the robust & improved pastures provide excellent appeal for an individual or family looking to operate a small cattle operation or a weekend getaway. Offered 'For Sale' for the first time in over 55 years, the 126 +/- acre O'Shields Family Ranch surely serves as an excellent full-time home, or a perfect weekend get-away.
Location: The O'Shields Family Ranch sits just 75 miles northeast of Dallas, 14 miles southeast of Bonham, and 2 +/- miles south of Windom, TX. Access is provided by the single lane, graveled CR 3230, off the blacktop CR 3250. The address to the property is 1044 CR 3225, Windom, TX.
Improvements: Built in the late 90s, the 3,450-SF home on the ranch is well-situated at the front of the property and the end of a county road. The home sits on a high point, overlooking the property's 1+/- acre pond and the surrounding North Texas landscape. Complete with a 2-car garage, custom stone fireplace, and tall ceilings, the 3-bedroom and 2-bathroom home include large living and kitchen areas. A porch on the northside of the home provides a perfect place to watch kids play in the yard, cattle graze in the pastures or a North Texas sunset burns up the sky. An older, 1,800SF barn with dirt floor sits nearby, and a working set of cattle pens is located at the center of the property to collect and take livestock to sale.
Surface Water: Surface water on the O'Shields Family Ranch is suitable for both recreation and as a source of water for livestock. Several smaller drainages fill three stock tanks (A 1 +/- AC pond and two smaller tanks) stocked with bass, crappie, and catfish.
Area History: The history of Fannin Co and the surrounding Bonham and Windom townships is a long and complicated history. Before European settlement, the area was dominated by Caddo Indian culture. These tribes were known to be some of the first sedentary cultures of the Native Americans. Irrigation, farming, and the construction of homes meant these tribes thrived where they lived, utilizing the springs, creeks, and rivers still found in this productive area of Texas. The area is drained by the Red River and Bois D'Arc Creek; Fannin Co is watered by springs throughout and the average 43 inches of annual rain. The natural flora consists of oak, hickory, ash, walnut, pecan, cottonwood, elm, cedar, and Bois D'Arc trees, as well as redbud, spicewood, dogwood, pawpaw, and dwarf buckeye.
The county was originally to be named 'Independence', but during debates over the bill, the name was changed to Fannin, in honor of James Walker Fannin, Jr., a martyred hero of the Texas Revolution. The first county seat was named 'Bois D'Arc' in 1843, after the local tree that shaped the Native American's lifestyle here.
In 1844 Bois D'Arc was renamed Bonham in honor of James Butler Bonham, a defender of the Alamo. Bonham has continued to be the major center of commerce for Fannin County and remains the county seat today.
Appearing on topographic maps and Google Earth still today, Burnett, TX was located on the O'Shields Family property. Named after local author and journalist, Thomas R Burnett, whose family arrived in early-1850 from Tennessee. Journalism became a passion in the young Burnett, and soon thereafter every major publication from Bonham, Paris, Ladonia, and Denton, TX were founded with help from Burnett. In September of 1876, Burnett set out across North Texas, reporting, writing, and advancing the interests of publications throughout the area. In 1888, Burnett moved to Dallas and merged his paper with the local publication. Burnett is buried in Oak Cliff Cemetery in Dallas, but his presence and influence can still be seen in the newspapers, publications, and organizations that he helped found throughout North Texas.
Terrain & Wildlife Habitat: The property has rolling terrain throughout, with the home situated on a high point on the property, overlooking several of the pastures, the 1+/- acre pond, and a northern horizon. Burnett Creek (named after Thomas R. Burnett) fronts along the property's eastern boundary, and an unnamed drainage on the western boundary both provide travel corridors for wildlife. The owner reports an increase in the deer population recently, with other game seen being hogs, coyotes, bobcats, and ducks using the ponds during the winter. Large pecan trees are scattered throughout the pastures, as red oaks, hickory, cedar, and elm trees contribute to most of the timber found here.
Fencing & Pens: The perimeter fences around the property range in condition from average to good. The fences will hold livestock, and a set of older working pens could be utilized with some maintenance and renovation.
Livestock & Grazing: A grazing tenant currently runs livestock on the property.
Minerals: No minerals convey with the sale, there is however no active production on the ranch or in the immediate area.
School District: The property lies in Honey Grove Independent School District.
Electric Utility: Fannin County Electric Coop.
Water Utility: Contact agent for more information.
Taxes:Taxes were estimated to be $3,400 for 2021. The property is agriculturally exempt.
Price Reduced: $1,050,000
Contact: Chris Wengierski, Agent
Cell: (214) 707-3474
Broker & Commission Disclosure: Buyer's Agent/ Broker must be identified upon first contact with Listing Broker/ Listing Agent and Buyer's Agent/ Broker must be present at the initial property tour in order to participate in the real estate commission. Commission splits will be at the sole discretion of Hortenstine Ranch Company, LLC.