The Baxter-Fennell-Tips house, 202 East Walnut, was built about 1851 and is a simple, graceful frame two-story house. The smaller 'apartments' on the lot were rented by migratory or short-term (or maybe even long term) workers who would come to Seguin.
Architect David Acherberg has done extensive work on this house and it is one of Seguin's historical home treasurers.
William Chester Maxwell built the home on Walnut Street (probably about 1851) and sold it to James Watkins Fennell in 1860.
James Watkins Fennell was born April 21, 1832 in Huntsville, Alabama. He came to Texas in 1855 "and located at Seguin, where he has since resided. Once tried California. but liked Texas better, and made it his home permanently." [Types of Successful Men of Texas by Lewis E. Daniel, published by the author in Austin, Texas Eugene Von Boeckmann, Printer and Bookkeeper, 1890.]