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Welcome to Historic Tyler!

Our Mission is to promote the preservation and protection of historic structures and sites through advocacy, education, involvement, and public and private investment.

Since its founding in 1977, Historic Tyler has promoted the preservation and appreciation of Tyler’s architectural and cultural historic resources through education, advocacy and committed action. Historic Tyler is dedicated to the preservation, revitalization, and continued use of Tyler’s historic resources. Membership in Historic Tyler helps ensure that historic preservation has a voice in Tyler’s future economic and cultural development. The ability to deliver our precious historic past for generations is in your hands now. Your donations and support of Historic Tyler, Inc. are greatly appreciated. With your help we can lay a cornerstone for tomorrow.

Historic Tyler on Tour

“Small Town, Big History”
Our largest fundraiser is Historic Tyler on Tour, which takes place each spring during the Azalea Trails. This year we will feature six homes and the Candlelight Tour, which is a special ticketed event on Friday night. The home tour is a great way to learn the big history behind some of Tyler’s historical treasures. We hope you will be our guest.

2015 S. College, Candlelight House

Candlelight Party & Home Tour
Showcasing the Home of Heather & Clay Eiland
Friday, April 1st
Home Tour: 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm Candlelight Party: 7:00 pm until 10:30 pm
$100 Members /$125 Non-members/$135 at the door
Day Tour ticket included with Candlelight Party ticket

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Tyler’s heritage is disappearing. Landmarks such as the 1909 Smith County Courthouse, the Blackstone Hotel, the Fire Station, and numerous historic residential dwellings no longer exist. All have fallen victim to the wrecking ball or have decayed from neglect. Others are endangered. Why? A lack of funds to undertake proper preservation measures. It is vital that we preserve Tyler’s past for future generations. This legacy will be lost without intervention.

The concerns that Historic Tyler addresses are shared by all Tylerites, not just those who live in older neighborhoods or who own historic properties. Urban revitalization and economic diversification, defense of neighborhood integrity and authenticity of place, preservation of green space and protection of historic resources are among the most critical issues we face. We are making a positive impact on quality of life throughout Tyler.