I had never heard of this "first capitol of Texas" until this recent trip. The owners, Flem & Sheryl, live next door and you'll never meet a more interesting couple. Flem is president of the local historical foundation which maintains this incredible street of historic homes that was the most bustling trading community at the time of the Texas War of Independence. He kept us entertained for hours (at our request) on the local history and buildings. Sheryl rescues injured animals through a Houston shelter and keeps a number of hurt raptors and other animals in the house they live in next door.
We had the place to ourselves on a rainy weeknight in April, 2013. You really felt like you stepped back in time, because as far as the eye can see there is nothing but moss-draped trees and historic homes. We stayed in the Captain's Room--which was HUGE with beautiful period antiques and a lovely bathroom. Breakfast was out-of-this-world with home-cooked egg casserole, coffee cake and a fresh fruit compote served on fine china in the lovely dining room. We bought a copy of the book compiled by Flem, Sheryl and others about the history of East Columbia and read it, cover-to-cover the first night we were there.
If you are interested in Texas history, don't stay anywhere else!