Friday, March 20, 2015
While in the Rockport/Fulton area of Texas my sister and I paid a visit to the Fulton House. The house is undergoing a massive historical renovation and we could not tour the inside of the house but we were able to visit the museum building across the street from the house. The house was built in the late 19th century by George Fulton who was prominent in the cattle business and was also a prolific inventor, engineer and designer of bridges. The house is owned by the state of Texas. Built in the second French revival style with mansard roof lines, the building was able to withstand several major hurricanes that have struck this coastal area. The timber construction was done horizontally rather than vertically and that allowed the house to sway instead of being blown apart by the high winds. During the hurricane of 1919 the windmill was destroyed but to this day you can see the rotary blades lodged in a tree on the next block. The house will again be available for tours later this summer. Until then the beauty of this prominent coastal home can still be enjoyed from the outdoors.