Step back in time and see what makes the Goodman unique!
History covers every square inch of the Goodman-Legrand House and Museum in Tyler.
The structure that sits on North Broadway in Tyler today isn’t the original site from over a century ago.
In 1859, the home was built as a one-story, four-room house, and it was established on 9 acres of land. The very first owner, Samuel Smith, sold the house in 1861 when the Civil War broke out. The next owner was Franklin Gary who was a local school teacher.
Then, in 1866 Dr. Samuel Adams Goodman bought the cabin. This is where the story of the modern-day Goodman house starts.
“The next family was his son, Dr. William Jefferies Goodman,” said Mary Foster, museum curator. “He was a surgeon during the Civil War, then came home and purchased the house from his dad.”
Dr. William Jefferies Goodman was married to Mary Priscilla Gaston.
In 1880 they expanded the home and put in a second floor, leaving 14-foot ceilings in some of the ground floor rooms. In 1891 they added electricity, and in 1903 they added plumbing.
Dr. William Goodman and his wife had three children, Sallie, William and Etta.
“Sallie was the oldest and in 1893 she married James Legrand, that’s where the hyphen comes in,” said Foster. “They didn’t have any surviving children. So Sallie and her husband were the last ones to be in the home.”
Sallie Goodman Legrand passed away in October of 1939 and in her will she gave the city of Tyler the land, the home and the furnishings on one condition: they maintain the historic family home and keep it open as a public museum.
Today, if you walk into the home you will see all of the original furnishings left from the Goodman’s. There is a family guitar dating back to 1850, chandeliers from the 1910’s, and memorabilia that fits everywhere in between.
The house & museum is a Texas Historic Landmark and was the first property in Smith County listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
And in 2010 it was designated as a Historic Site by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution known as DAR.
The Goodman-Legrand House & Museum is located at 624 North Broadway in Tyler.
They’re open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
They’re closed every Sunday, Monday and national holiday.
Admission into the museum is free but a $2 donation is suggested.
If you have any other questions you can visit their website or call them at (903)-531-1286.
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