The Bonner-Whitaker-McClendon House
The McClendon House is considered one of the last remaining Eastlake Bracketed Victorian homes in the Tyler area. The exterior colors are authentic to the home.
Judge M.H. Bonner purchased the property for his eldest daughter, Mattie and her attorney husband, Harrison Whitaker and around 1878 they built their home on this site.
Unfortunately, after five years of marriage Mattie passed away and her husband remarried. The home was then sold to Mattie's sister, Annie and her husband, Sydney McClendon.
Annie was a suffragette and her husband was active as the Democratic Chairman for Smith County, a position he held for 20 years. He owned a book and stationery store.
By 1981 only two elderly McClendon sisters were living in the home, which by then had an overgrown yard and chipped-paint exterior. Family stepped in and made plans to preserve the home and open it to the public, which was accomplished in 1988.
Our guide informed us that Sarah McClendon, noted D.C. correspondent, was born in this house.
Two historic outbuildings have been moved to the grounds, one which will be used as a wedding chapel. Admission is $5.00 per person to tour the home. The estate is currently the scene of many weddings and receptions.
It's recommended that you call for an appointment, but we just showed up due to our time limitation.Related to:
The HISTORIC DISTRICT, which encompasses Charnwood, Brick and Azalea streets, has several lovely homes listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
This district was designated a historic area in 1999. It includes 208 properties and extends for twelve blocks.
Not all of the homes are mansions--some are average size. Homes in the historic district date from the 1860's and later. I included several design styles in my selection of pictures. All are located on Charnwood Street.
As we drove through these streets, large shady trees and mature plantings accented the yards. It was such a pretty residential area!Related to:
A Glimpse Of Tyler
Tyler was named to honor President John Tyler, the 10th President of The United States (1841-45) who was born in 1790 and represented Virginia.
Tyler's town core has a few multistoried office buildings, such as the Bank of America building, Tyler's Town Center and the Courthouse -old and new sections (pictures #3-4). A pleasant enough park with water feature is located nearby (picture #2)
The surrounding area, for the most part, is comprised of two story buildings housing shops, restaurants and small businesses, with the exception of Christ Episcopal church (picture #5)
The scenic areas were beyond town center, where neatly landscaped homes highlighted Spring blooms and interesting ornamental features such as, fountains, trellis and arbors, wrought iron embellishments, bricked walkways or stone bridges. I much preferred this section of Tyler--along Azalea, Dobbs and Lindsey Streets and the Historic Charnwood District.
Tyler's suburbs had many small shopping malls, at least two movie theatres, a number of restaurants, churches, many businesses and residential developments.Related to:
- Family Travel
Recently, a group of friends and I decided to take a little vacation and go to Tyler, Texas. I had never been anywhere in the state and was happy to visit.
Anyways, we spent 5 days there and it was amazing. I've always heard that private golf communities are full of snobs, but not for this Tyler Texas one. I thought the people were friendly.
Enough about the people!
We played 2 rounds of 18, and I was awful, but who cares? I really do care.
There was a pretty good-looking swimming pool, but I don't swim that often. So, no swimming for me!
We had drinks and then played tennis a few times. They looked like brand new courts. I had an excellent time doing that.
We even got to go fishing on Lake Palestine. That was definitely my favorite part about the entire experience. The lake is huge. I really loved that.
If I had to rate this vacation at the country club, I'd give it an 8.Related to:
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Pump It Up
The kids jump around like maniacs in a climate controlled warehouse room while the parents relax. It is mostly for birthday parties, but does have hours open to the public. Call for a reservation, especially on rainy or blistering hot days.Related to:
- Theme Park Trips
Tyler is a great place to go siteseeing of all those beautiful old Historical Houses.
Some have been turned into B & B's, and others are still private homes.Related to:
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