The Fulton Mansion is an important part of history in Rockport, TX, with its ornate architecture that continues to impress. This beautiful site is available throughout the year for tours and is located just a short distance away from several of Miss Kitty’s Fishing Getaways rentals. For a morning or afternoon history lesson, the Fulton Mansion in Rockport, TX, is a wonderful destination. Soak up some local facts before absorbing the rest that the area has to offer.
History of George W. Fulton
In 1840, George W. Fulton married the daughter of the Republican politician Henry Smith after arriving in Texas from Indiana on a flatboat just four years prior. He traveled at the breakout of war with Mexico, most likely in search of adventure and a hopeful land reward. He missed the war but became a lieutenant of the newly formed Republic of Texas. This led to his eventual trek to Houston, TX, to meet with Secretary of the Treasurer Henry Smith in hopes of exchanging his soldier’s warrants for money.
The two became close friends, leading to his marriage to Smith’s daughter, Harriet. Then, in the 1870s, the Fultons shipped cattle from Rockport to New Orleans, accruing a large sum of money. The Fulton Mansion in Rockport, TX, was built between 1874 and 1877. The estate was well advanced for its time with gas lighting, central heating, and indoor plumbing, and it became a popular spot for the whole town. The Fultons lived in the house for 18 years.
Fulton Mansion Rockport, TX, Renovations & Tours
The estate has since been declared a Texas Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It also recently underwent a major renovation and restoral to its original appearance in the 1800s. This includes a mansard roof and ornate trim, making the mansion and its facade pop amongst the garden. Several tours are offered, including a self-guided audio tour, self-guided handout tour, and a docent-led tour. They all start at the history center behind the mansion and time is allotted at the end to explore the gift shops. The Fulton Mansion in Rockport, TX, fully known as the Fulton Mansion State Historic Site, can also be booked for large events.
Where to Stay in the Area
Miss Kitty’s Fishing Getaways offers multiple homes that are only minutes away from the Fulton Mansion in Rockport, TX, including five different Harbor Lights Cottages that are located across the street from the waters of the Aransas Bay, Fulton’s fishing pier, and the harbor. These snug cottages sleep between four to eight people, depending on which unit you rent. There are many fun activities in Rockport, TX, which is only a short drive away. You can read our free area guide to find out more. We cannot wait to welcome you to our beautiful waterfront town for a vacation you will never forget!