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Goodman-LeGrand Museum joins Rose Festival activities


POSTED: Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 10:00pm

UPDATED: Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 4:08pm

Hundreds of people are in Tyler this weekend for the world known Tyler Rose Festival.

And the Goodman-LeGrand house and museum wanted to be part of all the activities.

It's the fourth year the museum opened its doors to visitors from the Tyler Rose Festival.

And the guests got a little taste of what life would be like in the late 1800s.

From horse drawn carriage rides, to classic violin music filling the house, visitors from all over were invited to tour one of the oldest homes in Tyler.

"All the artifacts are original to the family that lived here since 1866," said Museum Director Patricia Heaton.

And the guests may have gotten a visit from a member of the old family.

"One lady that was here goes 'if I didn't know any better, I would have really thought you were Sallie Goodman-LeGrand, so it's something about dressing up and that southern bell kind of talk, so it's a lot of fun," said Heaton.  

Heaton dressed up as the benefactor to the now Goodman-LeGrand museum.

"They really enjoy the re-enacting part."

Rose belles were greeting guests and giving visitors a little history about the house.

"Just getting to know the people and kind of hearing where they traveled from and traveling all the way to Tyler to see the Goodman and the rose parade its amazing," said rose belle Sarah Martinez.

And the belles even dressed for the occasion.

"They just want us to be true to the time period and what we wear and so younger kids can kind of get an understanding of what girls might have worn back then," said rose belle Audrey Shastid.

Erin Haynes wore her grandma's wedding dress from 1951.

"I'm wearing my grandmother's dress, and hoop in order to look authentic.''

And visitors from out of the area can't wait to come back next year.

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