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Fulton Mansion State Historic Site

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Address: 317 N. Fulton Beach Rd., Rockport, TX 78382
Phone Number:
+1 361-729-0386
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10:00 - 16:00
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Sun 13:00 - 16:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Rising above the Aransas Bay and surrounded by stately live oaks, the...

Rising above the Aransas Bay and surrounded by stately live oaks, the Fulton Mansion is located in the resort area of Rockport-Fulton. The house must have appeared incredible in 1877 with its mansard roof and ornate trim. Interior gas lighting, flush-toilets, and other refinements were progressive and luxurious elements for this part of Texas. Today, visitors journey through the restored home, getting a glimpse into the life of an affluent family in the late 1800s. Learn about 19th century innovations, walk through Harriet's garden, and hear stories of living in a grand Victorian villa.

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History Buff's Delight

Beautiful mansion, interesting water system (1800's engineering), knowledgeable and friendly docents to explain details about the Fulton family and the furnishings. Fun time for... read more

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Kansas
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42 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful mansion, interesting water system (1800's engineering), knowledgeable and friendly docents to explain details about the Fulton family and the furnishings. Fun time for history buffs.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nice Victorian mansion. Owner was an engineer and the unusual construction is worth the $6 ticket. The servants rooms in the basement were super interesting. A nice visitors center tells the story of the family.

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Thank Susan B
Houston, Texas
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3 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This updated mansion boasts of history and treasures from the past. The store and check-in is filled with historical documenting of the family, along with era clothing and a dressing area for children to play with. The rooms in the mansion are detailed with trinkets from the past and delight many of the viewers. Such a well-preserved place for visitors... More 

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Houston
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

This was a really great outing. We decided to tour it on a whim one morning of out trip. That week there were no organized tours, but there is a nice app you can use with your cell phone to guide you through each room. The mansion was nicely furnished and the commentary on the app was very informative. There... More 

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Thank 75MaryB97
United States
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

I went here because it said the house had some unusual features. That is true. They have really done an excellent job on the restoration and show you how the family lived. Never seen a house of this age that had the kitchen in the basement. They have just opened the basement for viewing and are still working to re-create... More 

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Thank Kristine T
Rockport, TX
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

This historic house is fun to visit but also hosts lots of activities during the year for families. My favorite is the summer music series which is the 2nd Tuesday of the month June, July and August. There are beautiful lawns at the mansion with the sea breeze keeping it cool in the sticky summer and a variety of music... More 

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Thank Rockportbythesea
Georgetown, Texas
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Must see for the beauty and history. The history of the original family and the building and operations of the home is very interesting. There are some features of this home not seen in other Texas homes of its vintage.

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Thank djmatt94
Pipestone, Minnesota
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Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Does the Knox manse in NY have something to do with the Fulton Mansion in Rockport Tx. I'm confused.Haven't been, but want to go.

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Thank Retiredfarrier
Bonham, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

The restoration of this mansion was exceptionally well done. My husband and I arrived at the site a little after 10:00 a.m. and purchased our tickets for the 11:00 docent-led tour. While waiting for the tour to begin, we perused the exhibits in the visitor's center, which gave us some background on the home's history. We then toured the basement... More 

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Thank Cynthia G
Ponca City, Oklahoma
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3 reviews
Reviewed 27 February 2017

This is a very interesting home from the past! The history of the family is also different. We enjoyed how forward thinking they were to construct all the contraptions in the basements! Wow!

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