A Statement from the Fulton Mansion State Historic Site, Aug 30

Yesterday, Texas Historical Commission staff were able to access the Fulton Mansion and assess damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Thankfully, the mansion appears to have largely weathered the unprecedented event. The structure itself appears sound, however, there has been damage to the roof, resulting in some water damage to the interior of the house and its collection.

Staff is relocating the mansion’s collection to further address its conservation needs. Contractors are temporarily securing the roof. Debris covers the grounds, and several trees have fallen. Our staff will work carefully to diagnose the extent of damage and restore this treasure for the education and enjoyment of future generations.

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The Fulton Mansion is closed until further notice, and at this time we do not know when we will re-open. We ask visitors to stay away from the site as the community works to recover, and only enter or return to Rockport in accordance with guidelines posted on the City of Rockport website (http://www.cityofrockport.com/).

While the Texas Historical Commission is grateful that our Fulton Mansion staff are safe and the site was spared, our hearts are broken as we consider the suffering of our neighbors in Rockport and across Texas.

Those wishing to assist the millions of Texans impacted by Harvey should consider donations to the American Red Cross (https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-harvey). Specify your donation to assist people affected by Hurricane Harvey in the pulldown menu. There are many other fundraising efforts across the state benefiting specific communities. Check with local municipal or county government websites and social media for more information on these charities.

The weather impacts of Harvey are ongoing, and several other sites operated by the Texas Historical Commission remain closed until further notice. For the latest closure information about THC State Historic Sites, visit thc.texas.gov.

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