Frenchtown to receive first historical site

The Taylor House Museum of Historic Frenchtown will be officially recognized as a historical site by the state of Florida in a couple of days.

The Tallahassee Urban League will unveil a historical landmark to the Taylor House Museum of Historic Frenchtown on Friday.

“We are trying to establish a strong history in Tallahassee for future generations,” said Patricia McGill, volunteer manager at The Taylor House Museum of Historic Frenchtown.

Lewis Washington and Lucretia McPherson Taylor built the Taylor House in 1894. The Taylor’s made this contribution to the community of Frenchtown and the city of Tallahassee as community activists and educators.

This historical marker will be the first of its kind in Frenchtown, according to Delaitre Hollinger, curator for the Taylor House Museum of Historic Frenchtown.

“This historical marker will affect the community by allowing people to see that this house is an historical gem,” Hollinger said. “The entire city of Tallahassee will see this generation and what the family has contributed to the community.”

The Tallahassee Urban League restored the house to its original appearance in 1994 when the city threatened to tear it down.

The Rev. Ernest Ferrell, president and CEO of the Tallahassee Urban League, said the Taylor House serves the community as an important history lesson.

“A lot of people forgot or never knew about the Taylor House, and this ceremony gives people a chance to catch up,” Ferrell said. “It is important to reflect back on something that was not too many years ago.”

City officials and school board representatives are expected to attend the event. Speakers at the ceremony will include Scott Maddox and County Administrator Vincent Long.

The unveiling ceremony will take place at 442 W. Georgia St. at 11:00 a.m. To RSVP, call 850-222-3512.