Pat Hall, owner of the home once occupied by Lee Harvey Oswald when it was a boarding house, has put it up for sale. Until she finds the right buyer, one who will appreciate its history, she is opening up the home to tours for the first time ever. Built in 1932, the house at 1026 N. Beckley Avenue has gone through three generations in the family. From her grandmother, it was passed down to Pat's mother, local renown photographer, Fay Puckett before landing in the hands of Pat, herself.
On the day of the assassination, only about 30 minutes after the shooting, Oswald briefly returned to the house to retrieve a jacket and the pistol, which is believed to be the one which killed Dallas PD Officer J.D. Tippit nearby. Earlene Roberts, the housekeeper at the time was the only one to see him before he left again, wondering why he was in such a hurry. According to Ms. Hall, none of the other boarders, nor the owners of the home, saw him after that.
The living room and Oswald's room are open to visitors and maintained in the time period of the assassination. Oswald's bed and dresser drawers are original to the room. Despite being the smallest room in the house, Oswald said he preferred it to the larger rooms. All of his personal effects were removed by investigators.
As a nation mourned, some chose to vent their anger at the owners of the rooming house. Nonetheless, rooms stayed full and Pat's grandmother stayed in business. For a while, the room was used as a library for Fay, however, Pat chose to reestablish it for what made it famous, putting to bed a president's killer.
Oswald Rooming House Tours can be arranged for $20 in groups or as individuals through Pat herself, who played with her brothers in the company of Oswald as a child. Open to questions and curiosities, Pat is available to attend to visitors by appointment until the house sells, or she makes other plans by calling 469-261-7806. As we approach the 50th anniversary of the assassination, this is one stop that should be a must-see on the JFK to-do list.