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Fulton Mansion

Updated: Jan 14, 2023

The Fulton Mansion is a state historic site located in Rockport, Texas. It is recognized as one of the most important historical landmarks of its period and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The mansion was built by George Fulton overlooking Aransas Bay in 1874 and finished in 1877. George Fulton was an important figure in establishing Rockport's shipping industry during the late 1800s. The mansion is a classic example of Second Empire-style architecture and has been well preserved over the decades.


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The Fulton Mansion State Historic Site
The Fulton Mansion State Historic Site


Visitors to the home today will be transported back in time as they explore this historic landmark. Hear stories about how George Fulton made his fortune, and see rare photos of life inside an affluent family's household during the late 1800s and early 1900s! Located behind the mansion on site is our Education & History Center which features interactive exhibits with hands-on activities for all ages or you can shop at the Fulton Mansions gift shop.





The Fulton Mansion State Historic Site today
The Fulton Mansion State Historic Site today

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 Mansion historical photo
Oakhurst Fulton Mansion



The Great George Fulton

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.



Hours 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 Child) $14 Each additional child is $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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Getting to the Fulton Mansion





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