11:48am

Thu December 8, 2011
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Sixty Years After Her Death, Anna Houston Is Still A Mystery

Sixty Years After Her Death, Anna Houston Is Still A Mystery

Michael Edward Miller

Chattanooga, TN – In this segment, we visit the Houston Museum of Decorative Arts, located in Chattanooga's Bluff View District. The museum houses one of the world's largest collection of antique glassware and ceramics. But the museum also houses a mystery-a series of unanswered questions about Anna Safley Houston. More than sixty years ago, she single-handedly bought thousands and thousands of antiques, which the museum now houses. How was she able to afford so many priceless pieces? Where did her wealth come from? During her lifetime, some people called her "Antique Annie," but others called her "Crazy Annie." Her personal life was just as intriguing as her collection-she was married at least nine times, possibly more.