Fulton Mansion

The Fulton Mansion in Rockport, Texas

The Fulton Mansion is a must-see place while visiting Rockport, Texas. It is one of the earliest Second Empire-style buildings constructed in Texas still in existence. Located on the iconic Fulton Beach Road, Colonel George Ware Fulton and Harriet Gillette Smith began building the 4 story structure overlooking Aransas Bay in 1874 and finished in 1877. You can learn more about this historic site by seeing the stuff we have collected below.

Fulton Mansion History

In 1840, East Coast entrepreneur George W. Fulton married Harriet Smith, daughter of powerful Republic-era politician Henry Smith. After Harriet’s father died, Fulton turned Harriet’s land inheritance on Aransas Bay into a ranching and meatpacking empire as part of the Coleman-Fulton Pasture Company. During the 1870s, the Fultons made their fortune shipping cattle tallow and hide between Rockport and New Orleans. To symbolize their success, they built a mansion called Oakhurst. The mansion was built over a period of three years, 1874–1877, and was the showplace of the town named for them.

Fulton was a man of many talents who achieved some success as an engineer and inventor as well as a ranching entrepreneur and promoter of the Texas Gulf Coast. Harriet Smith Fulton was a devoted wife and companion throughout their marriage of more than 50 years, with many talents and skills of her own. Their bayside residence is a classic example of French Second Empire domestic architecture and is also a very personal and innovative dwelling. The historical significance of the house lies in its noteworthy architectural style, unique construction methods, and advanced mechanical systems — which featured gas lighting, central heating, and indoor plumbing with hot and cold running water — and includes the history of the Fulton family who built it and lived in it for 18 years. 

Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The last admission to the mansion is at 4 p.m.
Open until 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.
Admission Fees
Adults $7
Seniors 65+ $6
5 and under Free
Active Duty Military Free
Ages 6-18 College Students (with ID)
Adult Tour Groups $4 Per Person
Family Fee (2 Adults/1 Child or 1 Adult/2 Children) $14
Each additional child $1
School Groups
Reservations required. Please call our Museum Educator (361-729-0386) to make reservations and for pricing on our educational programs.

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