Tour of Historic Homes
Ring in the holiday season at the Rockport-Fulton Tour of Historic Homes December 5 – 6, 2015, 1- 5 PM. each day! Tickets ($15 for one; $25 for two) will be available online www.aransashistorycenter.org, at the Rockport Fulton Chamber of Commerce, 319 Broadway, or at the History Center, 801 E. Cedar St. on Fridays and Saturdays, 10 AM – 2 PM. All proceeds benefit the History Center for Aransas County, a 501 (c) (3) organization.
Seven venues will be open for viewing. Docents in vintage dress will invite you to hear stories of the owners and architecture of the homes. Their costumes will illustrate the era in which each home was built. One of the earliest homes in the area, the Baylor-Norvell house (1868), will feature the exotic collections of the current owners. The History Center (1896) will showcase a holiday tree of antique jewelry and the exhibit, “Civil War for Coastal Texans.” A limited number of tickets will be sold for a raffle to include two nights at the Angel Rose B&B including dinner at the Yacht Club, gift card for Victoria’s Gold, and Cruise on pontoon boat with picnic. You do not need to be present to win. Drawing will be held at 5:00 PM, December 6.
At the York compound you will see Tortilla Flats and associated buildings decorated from local boutiques. You will enjoy a grand view of Aransas Bay from front porch of “Dayspring.” Dayspring is found in Luke 1:78. meaning the sun rise. At the Fulton Schoolhouse items from a one-room schoolhouse as well as early days of Fulton will be on display.
You will enjoy the following venues:
Baylor-Norvell 1868 (Melissa and Wayne White) 617 Water St.
Niven-Smith 1960 (B. Niven & T. Smith) 1108 Water St.
Anthony’s By the Sea Bed & Breakfast 1949 (Beth Burgess & Sharon Smith) 736 S. Pearl St.
History Center 1896 (Friends of HC) 801 E. Cedar St.
York Compound 1946 (Melba & Tom and York) 306 Myrtle St.
Miller/Shelton-Ernster “Dayspring” 1948-50 (S. Ernster) 601 N. Fulton Beach Rd.
Fulton Schoolhouse Museum 1886 (Daughters of the Republic of Texas) 205 N 7th Street
Join history lovers from around the state as you reveal in the antiquities that are still with us today. Show your support for local history by inviting a friend to join you for this step back in time!
The Tour Committee: Kam Wagert, chair; Jennifer Beard, Pam Dixon Frost, Anne Mourtaja, Jackie Shaw, Debbie Steff, Pam Stranahan, Phoebe Wilson, and Maureen Winkelman
History Center for Aransas County, 801 E. Cedar St., Rockport TX 78382 361 727-9214 www.aransahistorycenter.org