Preserving the real places and the real stories of Texas.

Fulton Mansion Restoration


The Fulton Mansion State Historic Site, operated by the Texas Historical Commission, is visited annually by more than 25,000 people. It is rated first on the list of things to see and do in Rockport-Fulton and is one of the most beloved State Historic Sites.

The bayside mansion was completed in 1877 by George W. Fulton, who built a ranching and meat packing empire in the Coastal Bend. The significance of this French Second Empire house lies in its unique architectural style and construction methods, and advanced mechanical systems, including gas lighting, central heating and indoor plumbing with hot and cold running water.

However, the Fulton Mansion is more than just a pretty Victorian house. Thousands of students participate in innovative programs each year that utilize the Mansion and the Fulton family as a backdrop to teach them about early Texas and Aransas county history, the development of the Texas cattle industry, family life, history, economics, architecture, science, language arts and social studies.

When the site was transferred to the Texas Historical Commission in 2008, $1.9 million in state bond funds were allocated to stabilize and restore the structure. However, restoration cost total $3.4 million.

With the help of contributors from across the state, today the Fulton Mansion State Historic Site is restored and open to the public. Come by and see us!



Your donations in action!

Everyone was a buzz about the Fulton Mansion Restoration! Watch our short film to get a glimpse of the amazing restoration.