Located just a couple blocks north of the Square in downtown Tyler, the Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum is directly on North Broadway Avenue. When you step onto the well-manicured grounds of this antebellum mansion, you’ll be transported back in time to an era when elegance and Southern charm were the norm.
The Goodman Legrand House was built in 1859 and it’s one of the oldest remaining residences in the entire city of Tyler. It was originally the home of Dr. Samuel H. Goodman, who was a prominent local doctor. The house survived the Civil War, which ended in 1865 and continued to be a symbol of southern affluence in Tyler. In 1939, the Legrand family recognized the historical significance of the house and purchased it. The Legrands took on the responsibility of serving and revitalizing the mansion, making sure it continued to occupy a central role in the cultural landscape of Tyler. Soon after the LeGrand’s purchased the mansion, it was transformed into the Goodman-Legrand House and Museum.
Tours and Events
The best way to appreciate and understand the history and richness of the Goodman-Legrand House. The tour guides provide a wealth of knowledge and share amazing stories and historical insights about the house and the area back at the turn of the 20th century. In addition to tours, the museum also hosts various events throughout the year. These events and activities provide opportunities for the community to engage with the history of this amazing house and contribute to its ongoing legacy for Tyler.
Preserving a historic property is no small feat. The ongoing maintenance and restoration work undertaken by the city of Tyler and local preservation organizations makes sure that this historical and architectural gem exists so that future generations can enjoy it.
Planning A Visit
It’s advisable to check the Goodman-Legrand House and Museum website for the latest information on opening hours, schedules for guided tours, and any special events that may be ongoing. Admission fees are generally reasonable, and you can often find discounts for students, seniors, and families. The majority of the tour is focused on the inside of the home, so visiting this amazing landmark during poor weather is usually not much of an issue. However, if you wanted to see the gardens and the remainder of the property, it would be best to visit while the weather is good.