This week I’m continuing my series of Things to Do In East Texas. This week we are staying right in my hometown of Tyler, TX! A few weeks ago at the end of the Azalea Trail (more to come on that next week) we decided to go see a little of downtown Tyler and our first stop was The Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum. (located at 624 North Broadway)
You might have picked up on the fact that I’m a bit of a history buff. In addition to loving historical fiction I also love visiting historical places–one of the reasons I was so thrilled to live in Washington DC and Boston! When my Mom-in-Law mentioned this museum she’d never been there but thought it sounded cool. And since the price was right (Donation only!) I definitely wanted to check it out!
As soon as we walked in the door I was so glad that we did! Built in 1859 as a one-story, four-room house the house has since had several renovations but the coolest thing about it was that all the pieces in the house belonged to the family who lived there-so you really got an amazing sense of who they were and what life was like for them.
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.
Amber and Tyler were with us, and enjoyed themselves, so the museum is fit for kids–but probably not for babies (unless you want to lug them around). Don’t bring strollers as there are many stairs and it’s too narrow to walk around in the rooms with them as well. Also it’s important to note that there are many gorgeous, beautiful, breakable pieces within touching distance–so we had the “we look with our EYES not our HANDS, DON’T TOUCH ANYTHING” speech and held onto their hands the entire time we were inside.
I was ooohhing and awwwwing through the whole house–I can only imagine how much money all of these gorgeous pieces are! It was such a fun experience and I’d highly recommend it to anyone!
The beauty continued outside where the gardens were just beginning to bloom and the Azaleas were out in full force!
It was such a lovely day! If you’re ever in the Tyler, TX area I’d highly suggested checking The Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum out!