John Jay French Trading House
The John Jay French House is among the oldest structures in Beaumont and one of the first built with milled lumber. Its namesake, John H. French (1799-1889), was a merchant and tanner from New York City who arrived in Texas after hearing about the opportunities here. The house features antique furnishings and household items. Outbuildings include a blacksmith shop, tannery, privy, and smokehouse. The house is owned and operated as a museum by the Beaumont Historical Society, which offers guided tours and various events throughout the year.
Backstory and Context
Wayne Bell & Roxanne Williamson. "French Home Trading Post." October 15, 1970. https://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/NR/pdfs/70000752/70000752.pdf.
Photo: Beaumont Historical Society