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menard house
(Photo taken 2017)



[ED: This page usually contains OLD photographs, but this editor feels that the topic of Maine lumber in Texas, bears posting.]

If you ever visit Galveston Island, on the east coast of Texas, be sure to check out the houses made from Westbrook lumber.  (See Activities page for information on the Samuel May Williams house). 

The MENARD HOUSE is located at 1605 33rd Street, Galveston, Texas. Michel B. Menard arrived in Texas in 1829. With Samuel May Williams, he formed the Galveston City Company and helped found the City of Galveston, in 1839. He was also a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and a member of the Congress of the Republic of Texas.

Mr. Menard built his Greek revival-style home in 1838 and it is the oldest, still standing, house in Galveston.  A good part of this house was built with lumber shipped from Saccarappa, Maine.    The original house consisted of the central portion, built with lumber ordered from Maine and brought to Galveston  on ships.  In those days there was a great lack of proper materials, tools and skilled workmen in the area,  so it was more economical to bring lumber from Maine than from the few mills that were at that time in Texas.   Therefore, Menard had the pine lumber and Ionic columns for this house shipped from Maine. 

By 1837, two years before Galveston became incorporated as a city, 1,000 people had settled in Sacarrap (i.e. Galveston, first named Saccarap). As mentioned on the Activities page, the settlement was named after Saccarappa, the place which furnished Galveston with its building supplies and some of its citizens.

Ionic column made of Maine wood

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