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.
Unfortunately, the town of Rockport-Fulton was in the center of the path of Hurricane Harvey, which hit the Texas Gulf Coast on August 25th, 2017. As a result of the devastating storm, the home suffered significant damage, which includes complete destruction of the flat metal roof and chimney, and major water damage to interior collections, floors, and window treatments.
The FTHC is currently raising funds to repair the damage caused by the hurricane to the Fulton Mansion collections. Toward that end, in the winter of 2018, the FTHC received a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities through its “Chairman’s Emergency Grant Fund.” This grant, the maximum amount for any single award through this program, was made to restore the damaged photo-portraits, books and encyclopedia collections, and textile collections in the house. Additionally, Humanities Texas awarded a grant of $6,000 to support the collections restoration, and the San Antonio Conservation Society made a gift of $5,000 to assist with the storage of the collections once restored. Support repair of the collections here.
Thanks to the generous support of our donors, the historic home is again open to the public. Visit the Fulton Mansion website for additional information.
About Fulton Mansion State Historic Site:
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.
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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. Watch our short film to get a glimpse of the restoration made after THC acquired the site.