Cabin at Forest Chapel

6114 FM 197, Arthur City, TX, USA



The stars at night truly are big and bright on this amazing North Texas property. Imagine yourself sitting on the front porch looking out over the fountain in the spring-fed pond, on the back porch looking out at the kids playing in the backyard, sitting in the gazebo looking out into the woods for wildlife, or better yet, sitting inside the barn converted into a bunk room and party area where the family and friends are gathered. Grab your cold beverage of choice, the Cabin at Forest Chapel is the place for you to sit back, relax, and enjoy. You can’t go wrong!

This property won’t last long, so give Dan Byerly a call at 325-665-3489 to schedule an appointment. You’ll be glad you did!

Location: Considered to be Arthur City, the property is located between the old communities of Forest Chapel and Chicota; situated between the east and west entrances to Pat Mayce Lake.

The property is only 18± miles to Paris or 25± miles to the Paris airport. Other distances include Mt. Pleasant 70± miles, downtown McKinney 96± miles, Texarkana 111± miles, Dallas 124± miles, Tyler 129± miles, and Oklahoma City 213± miles. The property is an easy weekend escape!

Acreage: Comprised of two 19-acre parcels, the total acreage is just above 38 total acres. Most of the property is wooded and features a draw that catches water from the surrounding hundred plus acres, so water crosses the property most of the time. An additional area has been cleared for another homesite or workshop.

Topography: The property has a gentle slope around the home and on the proposed homesite. The remaining part of the property comprises draws that flow water from neighboring properties. The roll of the wooded areas, the draws with water, and the canopy of large trees give this property a tremendous amount of character.

Rainfall/Elevation: Lamar County has an average annual rainfall that exceeds 45 inches. The elevation on the property varies between 470 feet and 510 feet.

Cover: The property is decorated with healthy, aged trees, including various oak, such as Spanish and pin. Other tree varieties include walnut, native pecan, willow, blue juniper, and honey locust. You’ll also find blackberries, and they taste phenomenal! The cover is thick but navigable, and the wildlife seem to love it.

Fences: A heavy-duty pipe fence runs along the FM road, while the remaining perimeter fences and cross fences are barbed wire. The fences are in good shape and currently hold livestock. The header at each entrance slides off the posts and will be retained by the seller.

Utilities: Electricity is supplied by the Lamar County Electric Cooperative Association. The property has a conventional septic system. Other utilities include propane. Buyer or buyer’s agent is responsible for verifying all utilities.

Water: The pond at the front of the property is spring fed. A fountain in the middle of the pond is enjoyable to listen to off the front porch and helps keep the pond aerated for the fish. Each parcel has a water well with a pump house. Lamar County Water Supply District supplies coop water.

The draws have water most of the time as the property catches rainfall off the surrounding hundred plus acres.

Buyer or buyer’s agent is responsible for verifying water.

Hunting: The area is known for whitetail deer, feral hogs, eastern turkeys, and varmints. Several doe call the property home and were seen on the property during the last visit. Additional hunting and fishing is at Pat Mayce Lake, which is only 2.6± miles away.

Residence and Improvements: The two-bedroom home with a remodeled full-bathroom has a nice open concept in the living, kitchen, and dining areas, so it’s easy for everyone to feel engaged throughout the stay. The cabin has an inviting front porch as well as a back porch that helps connect the cabin to the backyard activities.

Be it solitude or entertainment, the backyard is ready to enjoy. Electricity is installed in the yard just in case the local musician stops by to perform. Enjoy your own tunes or simply enjoy the sounds of wildlife as you sit under the gazebo. From the gazebo, you can easily monitor the BBQ cooking in the lighted cook shack.

The old barn was repurposed a few years ago into a bunkhouse and party barn, and it is nice. Behind two overhead glass garage doors you’ll find bunk beds for six (crafted from cedar trees sourced from the property), a large leathered granite wet bar, a full bathroom, a pool table, and additional space for tables or dancing. The overall space is open with tall ceilings and large overhead fans moving the air. Like the cabin, the barn has central heat and air for those days when opening up the glass doors doesn’t make sense. By opening the overhead glass doors to the adjoining covered patio, the space to entertain expands, providing a nice flow between the inside and outside activities.

There’s history here too! The wet bar and one wall inside the barn are constructed from pavers from the historic Vickery Blvd. Constructed in 1890, the “grand boulevard” connected downtown Fort Worth to Polytechnic College, now known as Texas Wesleyan University. The historic street paved the way for a streetcar line and later became part of the historic Bankhead Highway.

The 38-acre property is cross fenced into two 19-acre tracts with a water well and electricity on each. The east tract has a cleared area that would be great for a homesite or workshop and includes a four-stall loafing shed.

Minerals: Seller will convey what is owned, but no known minerals are owned.

Price: The property is priced at $1,300,000.


The information contained herein is believed to be true and correct. However, Ekdahl Nelson Real Estate does not give any warranty for its accuracy. It is the buyer or buyer’s agent responsibility to verify all information. Please be advised that Ekdahl Nelson Real Estate represents the seller in this transaction.

Buyer’s agent must be identified on first contact & must accompany buying prospect on all showings to be allowed full participation. If this condition is not met, fee participation will be at the sole discretion of Ekdahl Nelson Real Estate. No trespassing. Seller’s agent must be present for showings.


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