Little House in the Piney Woods

Making Philanthropic History: Millard’s Crossing – 1982

BMillards Crossingorn and raised in Nacogdoches, Lera Millard Thomas married a lawyer-turned-congressman and became a congresswoman herself in 1965. When her term ended, she returned to her birthplace and began to restore old homes and antiquities in the town. She ensured the renovation and preservation of her estate through a fund she established at CFT. Today the 37-acre mini-city filled with 19th century homes, a chapel, a log cabin and a school is known as Millard’s Crossing.


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