Miss Lissia's Farm Cabin- Camp Johnston Countryside-Petticoats on the Concho

North Concho Valley, Water Valley, Texas 76958
Innkeeper(s): Michelle & Derek Doss-Discounted Gift Stays-Any Amount
  • Farmhouse-Near Camp Johnston North Concho Outpost

    Officers came from Ft. Martin Scott to help establish Camp Johnston on the Concho-1852. Holloways' wife Eliza, recorded that at the early frontier camps, a chimney was the 'hearth of the home,' and a luxury on the prairie. Artist unknown.



    The gorgeous Painted Buntings migrate here, every year to Miss Lissia's. 

    Miss Lissia's Carraige House chandelier

    Cabin was restored by the Doss family.

    “Hurry, join us. Texas is truly the land of freedom and romance.”

    -  Caroline  Roeder, German Colonist

    Miss Lissia's Carraige House rose bush

    Fall in love again at Miss Lissia's Farmhouse -Cabin ( pronounced Lisa's)

    A few dreamy hours in the land of flowers.....-Col. A. T. Lee


    Countryside Cabin for two, with large mirrored jacuzzi, queen bed, mini-fridge, microwave, porch with rockers, a nice countryside getaway...

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    Voted "Most Historical Charm" (Arrington's Inn Traveler) and featured on Texas Highways Online, as well as on 'Old Angelo,' KLST-TV, and Texas Escapes. Miss Lissia's is perfect for a 'weekend rendezvous' with the one you love.


    Farmhouse/Cabin History


    Miss Lissia's Farmhouse -Cabin -It's a historic homestead cabin for 2 with a queen bed,  kitchenette, chandeliers, continental breakfast , bedside gourmet chocolates included and on a private ranch. Stay in the romantic  farmhouse, a cowboy built for his bride, with a "Touch of Paris," It was originally a homesteaders cabin c. 1888 built like a barn, used as a chapel, voting center, teacherage and also as a schoolhouse. Miss Lissia's  is everything you need for a romantic weekend away , located on the edge of beautiful Texas Hill Country and an easy drive into San Angelo, TX. Cabin is located near Water Valley.  Hosts nearby on ranch, if needed. Cabin was believed to have been built by owners ancestor, Cowboy / Cattleman H. Q. Lyles, circa 1888. Cabin was moved from Mr. Lyles old ranch and brought this the area and done in the old boxed and stripped style. Many women coming out West, wanted more than a dug-out. This style was cost effective and easy to construct.  It later served as the Walnut One Room Schoolhouse on the Ainsley Turner Ranch and was hauled by mules to the Bright Family Farm and then here. You will enjoy our 'key in the door' check in policy. Check in anytime after 3:00 pm. Late checkouts available, no charge.


    North Concho Outpost/Camp Johnston/Concho- History-1852


    In 1852 the Eighth U.S. Infantry, from Fort's Worth, Gates, Austin, and Martin Scott came to  protect immigrants pushing westward and establish peaceful relations with prairie indians, the camp established nearby. Col. Arthur T. Lee recalls daily PowWow's with the Comanche. The Indians were engaged in trading with the officers, they fashioned moccasins for the ladies, shell earrings, hides, etc. ( Ft. Chadbourne Archives) Camp Concho consisted of  a headquarters building and tents, 289 persons were garrisoned at this outpost. Many of it's officers were West Point graduates and it was the first attempt at Anglo settlement along the Concho's. It was considered a 'most important frontier outpost and was 150 miles from last settlement .  Dr. Swift recalls,"Wildflowers covered the prairie....."   Learn more about the early frontier women, from my article, "Petticoats on the Concho Prairie." Dr. Ebenezer Swift and his bride honeymooned at this antebellum outpost.  They got word to move to Fort Chadbourne later and she described their tent there as having a parlor, bedroom and being finely furnished. (Sarah Swift's father was a San Antonio post sutler, a former merchant from Charleston, SC. Sarah was used to living in style and this was an adventure for her. ) Another officer and wife Edmunds & Eliza Holloway, left accounts of their frontier adventures. He served as a teamster , hauling supplies back and forth to Fredericksburg, TX.  Eliza wrote about  'keeping tent,' riverside strolls, furnishing their tents with barrels as tables, hanging curtains as wardrobes, fashioning crates into book shelves, and using buffalo robes for carpet. These, "Crinolines On  The Concho," recalled tea time, charades , dances and plays on the frontier. Many of the officers of Camp Johnston were later sent to the new post of Ft Chadbourne  http://fortchadbourne.org after a flood made them re-locate. Fort Concho, was est. 15 years later http://fortconcho.com.

    Michelle Doss-2019




  • Private Romantic Farmhouse Cabin for Two

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Michelle & Derek Doss for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Petticoats on the Concho -Coliseum,Romantic Stays, Sister Weekends, Historic Tours, Fort Events, Historic Downtown 

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Attention to detail, romantic extras, wine glasses, chocolates, chandeliers, jacuzzi for two, breakfast in fridge, easy check in, free late checkouts, country setting, full cottage with rockers on front porch, romantic setting & cd's, starlit nights, private road for guests to have a sunset walk or morning run, off the beaten path, quiet surroundings. We enjoy meeting people and helping to provide a place for them to relax and renew, while preserving our family's historic homestead, an old frontier cowboy's cabin. Arrangements are made at check in for ease of check in and check out. We like to personally work with guests to provide them and enjoyable stay.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    San Angelo has a wonderful historic downtown and nationally recognized historic fort, Ft. Concho and Fort Chadbourne. See also #6.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    From a dear couple celebrating their 50th Anniversary:

    “It was like our honeymoon all over again!”

    And another:  " Your pictures don't do the cabin justice, this is gorgeous!" 

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    We are in between two small towns and on the hub of a bustling historic town, with all the extras, box stores, lakes, historic fort & downtown, gardens, river, it's a small town feel with larger town extras.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Historic Downtown & Fort Concho & Chadbourne, Miss Hatties Bordello Museum, Railway Museum, Antique Shops,  Rose Gazebo & Sunken Garden, Visitor's Center.  Or stay in and enjoy the cottage.  Some guests bring a cooler (we have a mini-fridge & microwave) and never leave the cottage. It's ideal for that, well stocked with movies and has a romantic ambiance.  

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Winding country roads, river, stars at night, most people love to come here to detach and get away. Guests love our cat, Patches, and dog Bella. They love our guests and often greet them.

    Guests love to birdwatch from the front porch rockers.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Zentner's & Olive Garden, Red Lobster. We also  have an Outback, Texas Roadhouse, Buffalo Wildwings, Chickfila, Sonic, and many local Mexican restaurants.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    We have a guide in the B & B and the chamber has a list of events.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have one historic cabin with a queen bed, romantic table for two, large Jacuzzi

    Do you accept pets?

    No, adults only property.


  • Frontier Beginnings History

    Camp Johnston aka Camp Concho's Sutler's Store might have looked like this.

    Miss Lissia's Carriage House/Cottage old photo

    Cabin History

    Our homestead cabin barnhouse/ guesthouse is located on land purchased from the German Immigration Company in 1851. The original land owner, Augustus Muller however sold his land quickly as this part of Texas was wild with Indians, prior to the establishment of Ft Concho.

    Family History

    Michelle's ggrandfather ( pictured here as the tallest boy) was born in a hand-hewn stone house with an Indian loophole and could be barred in the event of an attack, attesting to a time when 'the west was wild.' each room had its own exit door and it was built by TX Ranger, R. F. Tankerlsey. Her ancestor, Rev. John W. McHorse also came to TX, at 17 in 1836 during the 'Runaway Scrape,' and participated in the triumphant Battle of San Jacinto and helped to win independence for all Texans.. Learn the history of the owner's paternal family coming to Texas from Georgia and the love story of Miss Lissia's, as well. Our family, truly left a legacy of enduring love, our treasure to share. All of this rolled into our antique board and batten cabin.

    The owner, Michelle is a Texas History Buff and a 7th generation Texan. Both are natives of the area. Michelle's family traded a vineyard in Georgia for land bought sight onseen in the county.


  • Amenities in the Farmhouse


    Setting the stage for luxurious bathing with a lovely chandelier, mirrored romantic jacuzzi for 2 with the backdrop of an early Texas frontier cabin. Our new features include Belgian Lace Curtains & Candleplace. 

    More Amenities

    • Romantic CD's Books  Romantic Movies
    • Large Flatscreen TV with Remote
    • Bedside Gourmet Chocolates
    • Mirrored Jacuzzi 
    • Wine Glasses
    • Large Bath Vanity 
    • TV/DVD Player-Movies Only
    • Breakfast in kitchen
    • High back Queen-size bed
    • Jacuzzi for two tub only, no shower
    • Stereo/CD Player
    • Dressing Mirror
    • Rockers
    • Mini- refrigerator
    • Coffee maker
    • Microwave
    • Greeter Cats-Lillie & Daisy Mae
    • Porch Cat-Kay-Kay

    Everything you need for a romantic weekend, set up and ready to go! Make plans to come see us soon! 

  • Romantic Cabin

    Miss Lissia's Carriage House/Cottage couple

    Take time away and relax in our beautiful cabin, where you will re-discover pure and simple pleasures. Our guesthouse / lodging provides complete privacy and tranquility. It is the perfect setting to celebrate a special occasion. The cabin is tucked away on a private ranch and offers up warm hospitality.

    While doing extensive family history, Michelle discovered Dereks family came from the same area of North Georgia, as Michelle 's. His line migrating to Indian Teriritory and hers coming across the deep south. As a young man he hunted on a ranch behind her families and they later met in high school. They also lived across the street from one another as children , as destiny would have it , they met and married and now live on the ranch. They were high school sweethearts.

    Come join them as the legacy lives on, in a cabin a cowboy built for his bride, their own , "Little House on the Prairie, " they have restored for others to share their love story.

    And now these three remain; faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. -1 Cor. 13:13

    The Doss families are now into the 9th generation living on Texas land..........

  • Attractions -Things To Do




    Miss Lissia's Carriage House/Cottage deerArea Attractions

    • Petticoats on the Concho-Vintage Market
    • Fort Concho & Ft Chadbourne
    • America's Western frontier heritage is still evident in San Angelo..."which today is recognized as the largest and best-preserved US Army fort." (Texas Monthly)
    • Christmas on the Concho
    • Railway Museum of San Angelo
    • Rose Garden, Gazebo Garden, Sunken Garden
    • Texas Wine Festival
    • Christmas at Ft. Concho
    • Miss Hattie's Bordello Museum
    • Texas Mesquite Arts Show
    • Bird or wildlife watching
    • Walk at Sunset
    • Stargazing 

    Miss Lissia's Carriage House/Cottage field

    Fun Day Trips

    • Eola- Barrow Museum- Indian Artifacts
    • Paint Rock- Indian Pictographs
    • Fort Chadbourne
    • Ft. Concho
    • Christoval
  • Romantic Escape-Frontier Life-Petticoats & Spurs

    Col. A. T. Lee's  daughter Kate -U. S. Congress Archives

    Eliza Holloway wrote about frontier life in Texas. As the daughter of a general in the army, she was accostumed to frontier life. She recorded tents were made like home, by adding a fireplace and then they had a hearth to their home. Crates were assembled into bookcases and wardrobes and pretty curtains were hung to decorate and provide privacy. Keg's were used as washstands. Turkeys provided meals and her husband Edmunds brought chickens so eggs would be available at Camp Concho. Even a shiny tin pan would do for a mirror until they could get one from San Antonio. ( Petticoats & Spurs- Michelle  Doss) The Johnston Outpost , pushed forth westward into unchartered territory. The garrison was set up to protect incoming emigrants and deal with the indians. the Holloways made good at their time in camp setting up trade with the Concho indians. 


    Col. Arthur Tracy Lee In command at Fort Johnston, traded a horse with Yellow Wolf, a Comanche during his frontier time in Texas. He became friends with him during his time at Camp Johnston-1852. 


    These men and women were the first to blaze a trail through the North Concho. Their story is  featured in an exhibit at the Fort Concho Archeology Fair, every year, called ,"Petticoats on the  Concho, "  by Michelle & Derek Doss.




    "Romantic, Blissful, a Peaceful Escape. "

    "Hidden, off the beaten path, down a winding country road, owners nearby, but not intrusive, privacy was sweet ! "

    "Timeless, Classic, Historical, Old West Feel, just what a soul needs, perfect escape."

    "Cowboy Hats, Corsets, Mirrored Jacuzzi for Two, Awesome ! "

    "Miss Lissia's is the most romantic place in San Angelo. A hidden jewel......."

    "We enjoyed the privacy and the whirlpool for two. So romantic and beautiful."

    "It was like a second honeymoon, what a wonderful time of renewal for our marriage!"

    "Truly is a romantic remnant of the Old West, loved the antique corsets!"


    San Angelo, Texas

    "Its heart still beats on Concho Avenue, filled with boutiques and restaurants in old buildings of native stone and cast iron, crowned with old fashioned finials. Below the street flows the Concho River, and beyond the river stands the city's first site, Fort Concho National Historic Landmark."

    -"Boots, Saddles, and Pearls" - Gary D. Ford - Southern Living Magazine

    "Located deep in the heart of Texas, San Angelo is one of the most remote cities in America. The Sunken Gardens Park is seven acres of green space and shady spots that provide a surprising oasis among the usually arid West Texas landscape. Residents feel its charming neighborhoods, frontier history and quiet river scenes help make it a nice place to call home."

    -HGTV 2003 - A Place to Call Home Episode PCH-213

    San Angelo, TX is a charming historic town. Located along the banks of the Concho River. San Angelo boasts Fort Concho, a historical landmark and one of the most noted restored Forts in Texas. Step back in time, as you visit Concho Street and all their quaint shops. Make sure to tour Miss Hatties, a restored Bordello, closed by the Texas Rangers in the 1940's.

    We loved our stay at Miss Lissia's B & B out in Water Valley. The guesthouse is filled with romantic treasures sure to enhance the senses. Later in the evening, we sat out in the yard and gazed at millions of stars. What a mood maker! I can't think of a more perfect spot to rekindle romance. It is the perfect anniversary present. Thanks for a special time. - Ross and Betty

  • About Our Accommodations

    Miss Lissia's Carriage House/Cottage-Outside View


    Perfect for Girls Getaways

    Breakfast for two (omelets, croissants, muffins, bacon, fruit cups, oatmeal) are located in the mini-fridge, juice,coffee, tea , sodas, water and cocoa also available. Breakfast on your time frame, not ours, allows you to sleep in.

    Miss Lissia's Carriage House/Cottage, fireplace


  • Camp Johnston N. Concho

    Camp Johnston- 1852 probably  had tents that were like this one.