The Blake House was built in 1887 or 1888 by Thomas Taylor Blake. After Mr. Blake had moved to Bentonville in 1868, he erected a flour mill, wool mill, and owned two mercantile businesses in town. He also built the Western Hotel in town and operated it for many years.
The Blakes built this classic Plantation style at a cost of about $2000. The house was constructed during the building boom after the Civil War. It was a typical two story home with four bedrooms. Over the years there have been several alterations to the original house.
The recent plan for the house was for it to be restored to the original structure and become the entrance for a new social club to be built around the old house. Unfortunately, in the process of trying to move the house during construction, the building collapsed. A replica of the old house is being built for the social club.