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 A group of people of varying ages seated on an expanse of green rolling lawns with a historic house in the background.

802 San Marcos Street
Austin, TX 78702
Parking lot located at 900 East 9th Street
737-226-1454

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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December 3

Holiday Crafts

Visit the French Legation State Historic Sites on Saturday, December 3rd to make your own historically accurate Christmas decorations. Learn how to make your own ornaments, pomanders, and more in the home’s detached kitchen. Materials will be...

December 10

Cooking Demonstration: Holidays in the 1850s

Visit the French Legation State Historic Sites on Saturday, December 10th to savor the smells of a full 1850s holiday meal in preparation in the home’s detached kitchen. Holiday celebrations in early Texas always included good food, and...

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