Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Fulton Mansion on Aransas Bay in Rockport, Texas, perfect afternoon RV Short Stop

Fulton Mansion in Rockport, Texas (Julianne G. Crane)
Fulton Mansion is an imposing three-story Victorian villa in Rockport, Texas, about 30 miles northeast of Corpus Christi. It is a perfect RV Short Stop destination for Winter Texan snowbirds or for Texas families on a weekend trip to the Gulf Coast.

It was named "Oakhurst" because "majestic live oak trees surrounded the property on three sides" and faces Aransas Bay. When it was completed, there was nothing like it on the Texas Coastal Plains.

It was built between 1874 and 1877 for George Ware Fulton (1810-1893) and his wife, Harriet Smith Fulton (1823-1910) who were married in 1840.

View from Fulton Mansion (Julianne G. Crane)
The 2.7-acre site is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The historical significance of this bayside residence lies in its noteworthy architectural style, a classic example of French Second Empire; its unique plank wall and shell aggregate concrete basement; characteristic mansard roof construction methods; and its advanced mechanical systems — which featured gas lighting, central heating and indoor plumbing with hot and cold running water.

Because of significant deterioration due to age and moisture, the mansion underwent an extensive restoration that took nearly three years spanning 2013-2015.

This state historical site is part of the Texas Tropical Trail Region that provides information on "the natural, cultural, and historical treasures in the unique and vibrant southern tip of Texas."

Start with the Education Center where there is an exhibit with background information on the Fulton family. Allow about an hour for the self-guided tour.

RVer Jimmy Smith in Education Center
If you go: 

Fulton Mansion
317 Fulton Beach Road
Rockport, TX 78382
Phone: 361-729-0386

Tickets: Adults, $6; students, $4.
Mansion hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday: 1-4 p.m.
Education Center hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday: 12:30-4:30 p.m.

From State Highway 35, turn east on Henderson Street and travel approximately 7 blocks.
GPS: N28° 3' 25" W97° 2' 7.4"

-- Julianne G. Crane 
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Photos: (Top) Fulton Mansion; (middle) view from Fulton Mansion of Aransas Bay, Rockport, Texas. (Bottom) RVer Jimmy Smith reads about the history of the Fulton Mansion. (Julianne G. Crane)


  1. Are all levels toured and is it accessible by wheelchair.

  2. According to the Fulton Museum:
    "The Education and History Center is fully accessible. All visitors should use caution when exploring the outside of the house and gardens due to uneven paving stones and sidewalks. If you need assistance accessing the mansion’s elevated entry, please call in advance so there will be no delay in your enjoyment of the home." 361-729-0386