East Texas is home to a wide variety of historic homes, many open to the public, some operating as museums, others as B&Bs or other business establishments.
Included on this page are highlights of some of the more popular historic homes across this part of Texas.
Whether you are touring in Deep East Texas, around Nacogdoches, or in Upper East Texas in Tyler, or elsewhere in the area, there are stately historic homes of interest to everyone.
McFaddin-Ward House and Museum
The stately McFaddin-Ward House was built in 1906 in the Beaux-Arts Colonial style. The building and its furnishings reflect the lifestyle of the prominent family who lived in the house for 75 years. All tours of the main house are docent-led. Located at 1906 Calder Avenue in Beaumont. For more information visit the McFaddin-Ward House Website (photo courtesy of Beaumont CVB)
Of interest near Bullard in Upper East Texas is the Dewberry Plantation, dating to 1854.
This historic home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and registered as a Texas State Historical Landmark.
The City of Jefferson is the county seat of Marion County, Texas, north of Marshall and south of Linden. Nearby are the communities of Uncertain and Karnack.
It is located on U.S. Highway 59 and Texas Highway 49. The Jefferson Zip Code is 75657, and its Area Code is 903. Its population is about 2,000 residents.
Jefferson became a port of entry into the Republic of Texas and then the State of Texas. It was a major shipping port for agricultural products, especially cotton. Obstructions were removed from Big Cypress Bayou in 1845, allowing steamboats to reach Jefferson from New Orleans. Jefferson’s "Golden Era" as a steamboat port lasted from 1845 until 1875.
The House of the Seasons is one the many fine historic homes and lodging experiences in Jefferson.
Walker Manor, a Texas Historic Recorded Landmark, sits in the Historic Downtown District of Gladewater, Texas. The area features classic red brick streets and is known as the Antique Capital of East Texas. The home is within walking distance of shops, restaurants, museums, bookstore, and the famous Gladewater Orpy. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the home's authentic Southern porches, slow down, relax and visit the quaint town. The home also functions as an event venue, and bed & breakfast. Tours by appointment. Located at 214 E. Commerce in Gladewater.
Sterne Hoya Home
The campus of Stephen F. Austin is home to a fort that never served as a fort. Stone Fort Museum was a trading post, private home, church, jail, and saloon. Located at 1808 Alumni Drive North at SFA.
W.H. Stark House
Built in 1894, the W.H. Stark House is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark.
It is a restored, 14,000-square-foot Victorian home located on the corner between Green Avenue and Sixth Street in Orange.
This historic house was built in 1900 for Isaac Ellwood of DeKalb, Illinois. It was designed to be reminiscent of villas in ancient Pompeii, a Roman city destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Today the Villa is available to tour or rent for special occasions. The house is furnished with beautiful 19th Century furniture. For opening hours, and other information, visit the website of the Pompeiian Villa. )
Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum
The Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum, built in 1859, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and designated a Texas Historic Landmark.
This historic home is open for walk-in tours, while group tours, photograph sessions, meetings, and other functions must be scheduled in advance.
The home is located at 624 North Broadway just north of downtown, and is owned and operated by the City of Tyler.
Several other classic homes are located in downtown Tyler, like those shown below.
The Smith - Butler House, circa 1890 ... 419 West Houston, Tyler
Memory Lane Inn ... a Crafting Retreat, in Tyler
Classic Tyler home, at the corner of S. Fannin Avenue and E. Charnwood Street
The Bonner-Whitaker-McClendon House, built in 1878, received designation as a Tyler Historic Landmark in 1984.
Also recorded as a Texas Historic Landmark the house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Of the 76 homes or buildings listed in the Tyler Register of Historic Places, only two are available for tours: The Goodman-Le-Grand Home which is owned and operated as the Goodman Museum by the city of Tyler and the McClendon House which is self-financed and self-sustaining.
There are dozens of fascinating and worthwhile historic homes all across East Texas. Here a just a few more that are popular with residents and tourists ... but there are so many more to explore!
For more information, we recommend a visit to the website of the Texas Association of Museums
|Rose Carroll Bennett House, Brenham, Texas
(Photo by Pierce Ingram - Travel Texas)
|Fig Tree Manor, Palestine, Texas
(Photo by Pierce Ingram - Travel Texas)
|Blackwell House Museum||Canton|
|Monte Verdi Plantation||Cushing|
|Howard Dickinson House||Henderson|
|Starr Family Home||Marshall|
|The Brown Estate||Orange|
|Sam Bell Maxey House||Paris|
|Vuylsteke Dutch House||Port Arthur|
|White Haven||Port Arthur|
|Rose Hill Manor||Port Arthur|
|La Maison Beausoleil||Port Neches|
|Ezekiel Cullen House||San Augustine|
Classic historic home architecture in Galveston, Texas (Photo by Travel Texas)