The Fulton Mansion State Historic Site will undergo extensive preservation work this year, therefore, tours of the Mansion will not be available after Feb. 24. However, while the house is closed, the Fulton Mansion Education and History Center will be open.
Visitors will be able to enjoy the new interactive exhibits and hear presentations about a variety of topics ranging from the Republic of Texas to Victorian death practices. A short film about why the house is closed and exhibits about the restoration work will also be available. Families can participate in Victorian craft activities and create puppets and stories to use with a Victorian-style puppet theatre. All these activities and programs will be available for $3, half-price the usual admission fee.
After all the artifacts and antiques from the mansion have been moved out in preparation for the restoration, the Friends of the Fulton Mansion will be hosting a “Visual Feast Party” inside the Mansion, Saturday, March 23 from 6 until 9 p.m. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the public to experience a party inside the walls of George Fulton’s home. The party will feature delicious catered food, raffle, auction, live music, and a “visual feast” of beautiful themed table displays by local vendors. Tickets are $100. All proceeds from the party will go toward the fundraising efforts providing a more complete restoration of the mansion.
The restoration work will deal with serious long-term foundation and structural issues, basement water infiltration, deterioration of original wood windows, and major roof leaks.
The project will preserve and protect the historic materials, prevent further structural damage and integrate upgrades that will better protect the historic collections from the coastal climate. The mansion also needs extensive repairs to the exterior wood siding, decorative wood trim, doors and siding and total exterior repainting to return the building to its original luster.