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 other home is The Goodman-Le-Grand Home which is owned and operated as the Goodman Museum by the City of Tyler.
Efforts continue to catalogue 125 years worth of history, revealed through rare books, 1880s newspapers, Victorian textiles, music, personal letters and effects. Information contained in these amily treasures has provided the society with a “remarkable” glimpse into the past lives of the three families who lived in the house.
Living History Tours of the stately Bonner-Whitaker-McClendon House are scheduled for the last three Saturdays in October allowing interested visitors to learn more about the history of the 1870s-era Victorian home and its colorful family members. Guided tours that feature character actors portraying former residents dressed in period attire are offered with advance reservation.
General admission: $7, Children 12 and under: free
Open on Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.