Goodman–LeGrand House

The Goodman–LeGrand house and museum is located at 624 North Broadway, in the city of Tyler, county of Smith in the U.S. state of Texas. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places listings in Smith County in 1976, and has been a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark since 1962. The Daughters of the American Revolution designated it an Historic Site in 2010.

Goodman–LeGrand House
Goodman–LeGrand House in 2019
Goodman–LeGrand House is located in Texas
Goodman–LeGrand House
Goodman–LeGrand House
Goodman–LeGrand House is located in the United States
Goodman–LeGrand House
Goodman–LeGrand House
Goodman–LeGrand House (the United States)
Established1940 (1940)
Location624 N. Broadway
Tyler, Texas
Coordinates32°21′24″N 95°18′5″W / 32.35667°N 95.30139°W / 32.35667; -95.30139
TypeHistoric house
Park and gardens
ArchitectSamuel Gallatin Smith
WebsiteGoodman-LeGrand Museum & Gardens
Goodman–LeGrand House
Area9 acres (3.6 ha)
Built1859 (1859)
Architectural styleClassical Revival
NRHP reference No.76002066[1]
TSAL No.8200000565
RTHL No.7730
Significant dates
Added to NRHPNovember 7, 1976
Designated TSALJanuary 1, 1981
Designated RTHL1962

History Edit

Named Bonnie Castle by original owner Samuel Gallatin Smith, the Greek Revival cottage was built in 1859 on a parcel of 9 acres (3.64 ha; 0.01 sq mi) in Tyler. Smith joined the Confederate States Army in 1861 and sold Bonnie Castle to local Tyler teacher F.N. Gary, who never resided in the house. After the 1862 Capture of New Orleans, Gary made the house available to numerous families of refugees fleeing the Union Army.[2]

Gary sold the house to retired physician Samuel A. Goodman in 1866. In 1872, Goodman's physician son William J. Goodman purchased the house for $3,000 and moved in with his wife Priscilla Gaston Goodman. William and Priscilla raised four children in the house, and in 1880 added a second floor to the structure. Victorian double galleries were also added on all sides of the house.[2]

The Goodman daughter Sallie continued to live in the home with her husband James Hutcheson LeGrand after their 1893 marriage. The couple was active in local civic affairs, providing their home as a gather place for several charitable and social events. They were ardent supporters of the Tyler rose festival. Their only son died at age 2 in 1896. When William Goodman died in 1921, Sallie inherited the house. The LeGrands completely remodeled the house in 1926 to the current Classic revival style. The current semi-circular porticos were added during this remodeling.[3]

Museum Edit

James Hutcheson LeGrand died in 1935. Upon her death on October 12, 1939, Sallie LeGrand bequeathed the house and all her personal journals to the City of Tyler. It officially became the city's property in 1940. In 1962, the house became a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark.[4] In 1976, the house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places Listings in Smith County.[2] The Daughters of the American Revolution designated the house a national Historic Site in 2010. A major renovation of the house was begun in 2010 and was completed in 2011.[3]

Hours, admission Edit

The house and grounds are maintained by the City of Tyler. The museum is open to the walk-in public 10 a.m. – 4 p.m,.five days a week. It is closed on Sunday and Monday. The LeGrand Park & Gardens is open to the public 8 a.m. – 5 p.m, seven days a week. Admission is free, but a donation is suggested.[3]

Gallery Edit

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References Edit

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. November 2, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "NRHP Goodman–LeGrand House". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "Tyler's Goodman–LeGrand House". City of Tyler. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  4. ^ "RTHL Goodman–LeGrand". Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks. Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved 1 January 2012.