French Legation State Historic Site

The front of the main house at the French Legation State Historic Site The front of the visitor center at the French Legation State Historic Site French Legation grounds French Legation Cafe interior Fireplace cooking The front gate of the French Legation State Historic Site The front of the main house at the French Legation State Historic Site

802 San Marcos Street
Austin, TX 78702
Parking lot located at 900 East 9th Street
737-226-1779

frenchlegation@thc.texas.gov

Driving map of the French Legation building

One of the oldest houses in Austin, the French Legation opened in 1841 as a home and diplomatic outpost for the French chargé d’affaires to the Republic of Texas, Alphonse Dubois, after France recognized the Republic of Texas as a sovereign nation. The site tells the story of Texas’ settlement and the growth of one of the capital city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. 

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July 16

Bastille Day 2022 at the French Legation

Come celebrate French culture and heritage at this year’s Bastille Day celebration at the French Legation State Historic Site!  The French Legation has been the historic home of Austin’s largest Bastille Day festivities for nearly twenty-five...

July 23

Austin Genealogical Society Panel

Join the Austin Geanological Society for a panel discussion about current topics in geneaology.  Learn how and where to explore family history records, and how to organize what you discover for future generations.  Hear upgates on current ...

July 30

Cold Cooking in the Kitchen: Historic Cold Dishes for Summer Weather

When the temperature starts to spike, the last thing you want to do is stand over a hot stovetop and heat up the entire kitchen at dinnertime. This was especially true in the days when cooking was done over an open fire and with hot coals. In the...

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