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Vital Texas Landmarks Road Trip: Learning From Our Past, Part II

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The opportunity to learn from our past happens consistently in life – it’s the stuff that lessons, legends, and proverbs are made of! Here in Texas, we have an abundance of landmarks that can tell us more than a history book could on any given day, which is why we recommend you plan a road trip to make the most of them. The Texas Historical Commission has 22 sites for which it maintains pieces of state history, preserving them, and operating them to allow for us to learn, experience a part of our history, and see what shaped the great state we call home. Here is Part II of our road trip recommendations for vital Texas landmarks that can’t be missed.

1. Fulton Mansion

Vital Texas Landmarks Road Trip: Learning From Our Past, Part II

Photo: Facebook/Texas Time Travelling

The Fulton Mansion State Historic Site is located in Fulton, in Aransas County, along the Texas Gulf Coast. It is one of the earliest of its kind built in Texas and one of the most important of its style to be still in existence in the Southwestern U.S. Construction began on this home of Colonel George Ware Fulton and Harriet Gillette Smith in 1874 and was finished in 1877. Named “Oakhurst” by its owners, the residence could boast the most current conveniences of the time, including gas lighting, indoor plumbing that reached sinks in each bedroom, and central heating. It has changed hands a number of times over the years, including one family that converted the property into an RV park in the ‘50s. In 1976, the house, quite dilapidated by then, was sold to the state. It was then restored and became open to the public in 1983. It underwent a second equally intensive restoration from early 2013 into the fall of 2015.

2. French Legation

Vital Texas Landmarks Road Trip: Learning From Our Past, Part II
Photo: Facebook/French Consulate in Houston

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