Waxahachie – Ellis County continues to grow as a suburb to Big D but that doesn’t mean you can’t find the country feeling out around Waxahachie. Just northeast of town, that once desolate farmland is starting to turn into neighborhoods but there’s one structure that stands on its own. A brown, two story mansion that sits on the sits on the side of the road surrounded by a spooky gate. Some folks tend to avoid this mysterious looking manor but if you’re brave enough to make your way to the front door of this familiar looking façade, you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you meet owner Sandra McKee.
“Come on in. Welcome to the Munster Mansion,” said Sandra as I walked into the mansion. With cobwebs, spooky stairs, and a fire breathing dragon all in the front foyer to meet you, it sets the tone of the Munster Mansion.
In case you’re not familiar with it, The Munsters is a 1960s TV sitcom that showcased what life was like for a couple of kookie film staples that just happened to be a family. Their small family included Herman, Lily, Eddie, Grandpa, and the family pet, Spot, the fire breathing dragon hiding under the stairs. “Pretty much everything in here is just like the show,” Sandra said. “We reproduce the draperies, the sofa, the coffee table, the electric chair, the clock, things all the way down to the show.”
This house is as impressive as the haunted mansion. Sandra and her husband built this house from the ground up. Sandra said, “I’m an old soul. I liked old Victorian houses and cars and things like that. And the thing about the Munster house to me is you could travel from room to room without turning around having to go back. I love the flow of it.”
The crazy part is Sandra and her husband never even had the house plans. Sandra watched all 70 episodes over and over to see the layout of the rooms. She would watch how many steps it took Lily to get to certain parts of the house and that’s how they determined exactly where to put things to make this house a replica. They lived in this home for 20 years, but now she’s constantly giving tours of her terrific terror trophy house. “It really touches your heart because people come in, they appreciate what you’ve done and they’re living part of their past like you’ve lived,” Sandra said. “I’m at the age where I grew up with it but I have people that come in and they’ve never seen The Munsters before and then they’ll email me and say, ‘I went home and watched The Munsters. It’s really cool. I can’t believe the house is so much like The Munsters.’”
It’s very important to Sandra to have everything they had in the show. From dishes on the table to big furniture, it makes a difference for everyone’s exquisite experience. They even buy a lot of small props that were actually used in the show. But one thing in particular Sandra is missing is the floor Tiffany lamp, so if anyone knows how to make one, be sure to go talk to Sandra!
Of course, our experience would not be complete without something going bump in the middle of the day. Is that the wind? “Could be.” Is the Munster house… haunted? “Could be.” Are there monsters in the Munster house? “Oh, I wish.”
So if seeing this not so scary house dedicated to one of America’s frightening favorite families intrigues you, a trip to the Munster’s House in Waxahachie is well worth a stop on The Texas Bucket List!