Rockport: Fulton Mansion State Historic Site

Rockport: Fulton Mansion State Historic Site

  • <p>Three storey mansion</p>
  • <p>Fulton Mansion in the 1880s.</p> <p>1880s photo of three storey mansion with front circular walkways</p>
  • <p>Fulton family, 1860s.</p> <p>Family photo with three women and four men</p>
  • <p>Painting depicting packing house operations on the Fulton waterfront, John Grant Tobias, 1875. (Texas Maritime Museum)</p> <p>Painting showing factories on the waterfront with large masted ships in the harbor, dated 1875</p>
  • <p>Combs made from cow horns.</p> <p>Combs made from cow horns</p>
  • <p>Ad for tallow processing, this company in Hawaii.</p> <p>Newspaper ad for a soap factory soliciting tallow</p>
  • <p>Chair made from cow horns. (Museum of Fine Arts Houston)</p> <p>Chair made from cow horns with leopard skin upholstery</p>
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The fortune made in ranching built George and Harriet Fulton’s dream home – where they lived in for 18 years. Completed in 1877, the impressive bayside residence – which the Fultons called “Oakhurst” – was built in the French Second Empire architectural style and featured ultra-modern (for the time) mechanical systems like gas lighting, central heating, and hot and cold water plumbing. Today, the house is the Fulton Mansion State Historic Site – an interactive museum open to the public. Visitors can learn about the Fulton family, immerse themselves in a beautifully restored Victorian villa, and see first-hand how lucrative the cattle industry was for many Texas businessmen.

Fulton Mansion State Historic Site

  • Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday, 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults: $6, Ages 6-18: $4
  • 317 Fulton Beach Rd, Rockport, TX
  • 361-729-0386
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  • National Register of Historic Places, a Texas Historical Commission property