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The Connally Musselman Home at 700 S. Broadway Ave., will be the site of Historic Tyler on Tour’s annual Garden Party, which is held as a prelude to its annual tour.

Historic Tyler Inc. has announced plans for its annual Historic Tyler on Tour. To be held during the Azalea and Spring Flower Trail, the tour attracts visitors who want to see inside some of the city’s finest older homes.

The theme of the tour this year is “Hidden Gems and Surprises.”

“I am eager for the public to have the opportunity to enjoy these houses,” Ashley Washmon, executive director of Historic Tyler, said. “We have many historical treasures in Tyler, but these houses are particularly endearing because they are a little bit off the beaten path. Because of that, you may or may not have noticed these unexpectedly charming homes before. We invite anyone and everyone to join us on the house tour.”

The addresses of the homes on the tour are:

  • 1401 Belmont Drive
  • 1308 South Donnybrook Ave.
  • 1617 McDonald Road
  • 612 Tremont Place
  • 607 W. Rusk St.

The houses will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 28 and 1 to 5 p.m. March 29. At each house, docents will provide information about the house’s history and architectural features. Tickets cost $25.

Just prior to the tour, Historic Tyler will hold its Candlelight Party fundraiser. This will take place beginning at 7 p.m. March 27 at the Connally-Musselman House, 700 S. Broadway Ave. The party includes a guided tour of the home built in 1906 and then music, food and refreshments outside.

Tickets cost $125 when bought in advance and $135 at the door. Those who attend the Garden Party also get tickets to the tour.

For reservations, call the Historic Tyler at 903-595-1960 or visit its website,

A nonprofit organization, Historic Tyler was founded in 1977 to promote the preservation and protection of historic structures.

Danny Mogle has covered news in East Texas for decades. He currently focuses on arts, entertainment and human interest stories and serves as the editor of Lifestyles Magazine.

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