The 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum, Tyler

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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.
Named Bonnie Castle by original owner Samuel Gallatin Smith, the Greek Revival cottage was built in 1859 on a parcel of 9acre 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.
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.
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.
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  • We had a wonderful private tour through the entire home from the Parks Dept. manager in charge of the home. She really explained all the details about the family and the incredible contents such as...  more »
  • Unlike many other historic homes we have toured, the furnishings in this home are original to the home. The guided tour was well don  more »
  • Beautiful place, even if its needing some extensive repairs. You can easily tell how this place amazed the locals when it was built. Very modern for its time. We enjoyed the guided tour. Thanks ladies!
  • What a cool place to visit, even if you are from Tyler. They ask for a $2 donation for the self guided tour. There are people there who can help and answer any questions. The house itself is so beautiful. Definitely worth seeing
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