802 San Marcos Street
Austin, TX 78702
Parking lot located at 900 East 9th Street
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.
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 entertaining family and friends. Turkey, chicken, and duck, beef, pork, and wild game...
Join us in January for a new East Austin tradition - the French Legation Flea Market!
We're transforming our grounds into a 2-acre, open-air vintage, antiques and crafts market. Interested vendors can apply via our Microsoft Forms or ...
Join us for a talk with Texas Historical Commission's own, Jamie Ross, Archeological Collections Manager, for a fascinating talk and demonstation about the history and modern implications of transferware pottery. In honor of the French Legation's...
From the Blog
After Texas gained independence from Mexico in 1836, the Republic of Texas found itself in dire straits. The Republic was heavily in debt from the revolution and its newly won freedom remained precarious. The Mexican congress refused to recognize Texas independence as outlined in the Treaties of Velasco, signed by the imprisoned President Antonio López de Santa Anna. The threat of reconquest...
Step back in time and experience the period of the Texas Republic in person or virtually at one of these Texas Historical Commission state historic sites.San Felipe de Austin
Commemorating the location where, in 1823, Stephen F. Austin established a headquarters for his colony in Mexican Texas, San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site and its museum share the stories of early...
By Andy Rhodes, Managing Editor, The Medallion
In 2017, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law officially transferring the French Legation in East Austin to the Texas Historical Commission. Since then, the agency has been meticulously preparing and executing plans to reopen the site to the public.
The THC’s Historic Sites Division has been overseeing a wide range of activity, from...
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