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.
Plein air painting demonstration by artist Beryl Kerwick
Join Capitol Art Society artist Beryl Kerwick for this live plein air art demonstration at the French Legation. Beryl will do a demonstration of her technique while explaining her method and the equipment needed for plein air painting.
Donuts & Dad
Join us for us on the grounds of the French Legation for a Father's Day celebration of dads, dads-to-be, and all the father figures in our lives! Voodoo Doughnuts will be available with admission but the grounds are always free during open hours...
Juneteenth Social Ride presented by Black History Bike Ride
Get on your bikes and ride! The annual Juneteenth Social Ride is here! Presented by our friends at Black History Bike Ride.
Meet at the Texas African American History Memorial (at the Texas Capital, near 11th & Congress) at 6pm on...
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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