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Goodman Museum

624 North Broadway Avenue

Tyler, Texas 75702

(903) 531-1286

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About the Goodman-LeGrand
The 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House & Museum has been a Texas Historic Landmark since 1964, and it was the first property in Smith County to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2010, it was designated a Historic Site by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). With the latest renovations and continued maintenance and care by the City of Tyler and the Tyler Parks & Recreation Department, the Goodman estate will surely stand as a showplace for many years to come.

The Goodman-LeGrand Museum is open for walk-ins anytime during our normal hours of operation. It is a free attraction. However, a $2 donation per person is suggested. Tour groups (of 10 or more), photographic sessions, meetings, weddings and other functions must be scheduled in advance. The 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House & Museum is located in the 9-acre LeGrand Park & Gardens at 624 North Broadway, Tyler, Texas 75702, just north of the downtown Tyler square. Please call (903) 531-1286 for more information, including museum and park rental fees, details on upcoming special events, volunteer opportunities, and to schedule a guided tour or function.

Museum Hours of Operation:
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed on Sunday and Monday

LeGrand Park & Gardens Hours of Operation:
Open Daily 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
History of the Goodman

The Goodman home was originally built in 1859 as a one-story, four-room house, and it was established on a 9-acre wooded parcel of land. It was known as Bonnie Castle by its first owner and occupant, Samuel Gallatin Smith. The young well-to-do bachelor and attorney sold the house in 1861 when the Civil War broke out. Mr. Smith became a Captain in the Confederacy and was later killed in battle in Louisiana. The next owner who bought the home in 1861 was Franklin N. Gary, a local school teacher. In 1866, a year after the Civil War ended, Dr. Samuel Adams Goodman, a retired country doctor from South Carolina, purchased the house from Mr. Gary. The following year in 1867, his son, Dr. William Jeffries Goodman, a local doctor and Civil War Major and Chief Surgeon, bought the house from his father and moved in with his new bride, Mary Priscilla Gaston. Her brother was William Henry Gaston, a founder of the city of Dallas, and one of Dallas' first millionaires. For 73 years and four generations, this prominent family made the house their family home.

Dr. & Mrs. W.J. Goodman raised three children in the home. They added the second story to the house, in the Italianate-style architecture, around 1880 in order to accommodate their growing family. Their oldest child and daughter, Sallie Gertrude Goodman, married James H. LeGrand in October, 1893. She and her husband lived here throughout their lives, and after the deaths of Sallie's parents, siblings, and her 2 year old son who died in 1896. In 1926, Sallie and her husband, James, remodeled the house to its current state, which is in the Classic Revival-style architecture. The 1926 remodel included the construction of the projecting circular porticos and the massive 2-story columns that the Goodman is so well known for today. When Sallie Goodman LeGrand died in 1939, four years after her husband's death, she was the last direct heir to live in the house. Upon her death, she bequeathed the Goodman-LeGrand estate (the land, home and furnishings) to the City of Tyler, with instructions to maintain the historic family home and to keep it open as a public museum. The City of Tyler officially took ownership in 1940. Much of what we currently know about the home and its past residents comes from journals kept by Sallie. Her diaries recount tales about guests who stayed in the house to escape the dangers of the Civil War, stories of the numerous family trips, and where a lot of the furnishings and artifacts originally came from. The journals also describe several elegant social galas that took place in the home, supper parties and receptions held for Texas state politicians.

In 2010-2011, the Goodman-LeGrand underwent a major exterior renovations project, which brought the exterior paint and shingled mansard roof back to its original colors from the 1880 remodel. Today, the home is still furnished with the original belongings of the Goodman-LeGrand family, some of which are older than the house itself as they date back to the early 1800's. The museum offers visitors a chance to view such items as antique handcarved furniture and musical instruments, a grandfather clock from the colonial era, fine silver and crystal, hand-painted Limoges china, original clothing, medical books dating back to the early 1800's, Civil War-era surgical tools and medical cases, original paintings and photographs, and many other rare and interesting items. Step back in time and see what makes the Goodman unique!
Goodman Museum Grounds

The Goodman Museum grounds are also known as LeGrand Park. The well manicured grounds cover almost an entire city block. In addition to lush green lawns, there are many large shade trees and beautiful flowers, including azaleas and roses. Benches provide visitors a place to rest and enjoy the beautiful setting.