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. For The 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum and beyond, use our Tyler trip website to get the most from your Tyler vacation.
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The history behind this beautiful home that was gifted to the City of Tyler is very interesting. Most items in the home belonged to the original owners. Beautiful grounds and a great place to start.... more
The history behind this beautiful home that was gifted to the City of Tyler is very interesting. Most items in the home belonged to the original owners. Beautiful grounds and a great place to start.... more »
This house is beautiful and historic. This house is a big part of the history of Tyler. Our tour guide was wonderful and informative 😃
This house is beautiful and historic. This house is a big part of the history of Tyler. Our tour guide was wonderful and informative 😃 more »
Went into the grounds of the mansion while I was homeless and staying at the salvation army for seven months. A good place to go and sit and be still away from the chaos of the noise and no privacy of the salvation army. Read my Bible and listened to my christian music for hours. Beautiful grounds and mansion. Reminded me of a simpler time to take time to smell the roses .
The woman who took us around the house was super knowledgeable and really nice. We enjoyed the tour very much. Thank you!
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