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The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard...
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I live just blocks from water 24/7/365!!


For the week's prompt I thought I'd share a trip along the shores of south Texas. It's all just about an hour from home. While the carpets in the house were drying from being shampooed, Bud and I drove up to Rockport, Texas [a favorite area of mine; it's such a quaint, quiet, wonderful fishing village setting] and visited the Maritime Museum [water themed, right?]. And then, afterwards, we drove a bit farther up north along the shore to a small town, Fulton, Texas.

Now in Fulton, there is an historical mansion just a few feet from the bay! The only thing that separates the mansion from the bay is a two-lane city street. The street is right on the shoreline ---cross the street, and you're on the mansion's property. The house itself can be toured at certain days of the week, and at certain hours; operated by the Texas State Historical Commission---

The home is unique for the fact it was built in the late 1860s and had running water [flushing toilets too!], a central heating [each room had a fireplace but not any fires or chimneys---all designed where the large furnace in the cellar would shoot the heat by force through the fireplace openings and heat each room...then recirculate through air ducts and travel through the walls to heat through all the other faux fireplaces -- and 'air conditioning' unit and an indoor kitchen.] Back in those days this was 'unheard of'. All designed by the husband, George W. Fulton. And it's a massive three story beauty, with a basement. The kitchen, tho most homes of this magnitude would have been separate from the house itself [in case of fire], was in the basement. I could go on about the history of this magnificent piece of architecture, but I don't want to bore you ---

The Fulton family was very prominent in this area. A huge multitude of acres [at one time larger than the massive King Ranch] belonging to the family; beginnings of a large cattle ranch and many innovative patents [such as the refrigerated 'boxed' areas on ships for transporting processed meats around the coast of Texas, etc.] This home has withstood many-a-hurricanes!!

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Read more on the mansion HERE

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Then, for a 2nd dose of 'water related' photos, the maritime museum in Rockport....
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Read More on LaSalle and the LaBelle[his flagship] HERE

52 comments :

  1. I love historical homes. I'd love to be on one of those boats!

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  2. This mansion looks very much like the old houses we have here in a Brussels district, but to find that in Texas ! and this heating system ! what a great invention for that time !

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  3. Wow, awesome pictures sweetie.

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  4. Ah, to live in a mansion such as that would be wonderful! But wouldn't want to clean it. All great photos of the water. I love the ocean,..... but then,.... I love water!! Have a wonderful week. I've missed your blog too long. Will have to go back and discover what I've missed.

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  5. Wonderful watery (and not so watery) photos - I think I could stand living in your corner of the world! :)

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  6. Great photos this week. :) Have a good weekend! :)

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  7. Gday Dear Anni, OHH I would love to wander the halls of that wonderful Mansion and see the fittings and antique's. with beautiful sea views..Thanks for sharing these photo's for the world to see... Jen

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  8. Wow! A photohunt entry and a trip to Rockport as well... thanks Anni! Always love your entries! (And the recipe too! )

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  9. I love the one with the boats. Very nautical.

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  10. thanks for sharing these lovely shots. i love the view from the mansion. beautiful!

    happy weekend! :)

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  11. Love your mouse overs, Anni! All of the pictures are gorgeous, but the one with the mansion and the palm trees ... WOW! That is just gorgeous.

    Write From Karen

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  12. hi, great pictures!!!!!! looks like you had a lovely afternoon xxxx

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  13. Thanks for sharing the photos at least people far away like us can enjoy the scenery too..

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  14. Great shots Anni. I wish I loved close to water too. Have a great weekend

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  15. That mansion is pretty. It looks like a big doll's house! The design of the fireplaces/heating sounds really inventive for the time. I think I would still prefer a roaring fire though.

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  16. MMM - love the historic mansion. And the sea looks delightful.

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  17. Great number of water shots ;)
    Love the one on Rockport! :)

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  18. Aren't we the lucky ones to live so close to water! Long way from the Arizona desert - huh? Lovely photos - I learn so much from them!
    Happy weekend
    L

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  19. Hi Anni I am here!! Your entry is sooo informative, historical and precious!! Thanks for sharing this! I love beach.. you are lucky living near water!!

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  20. It must be great to live close to the sea.

    It's a beautiful mansion. Thank you for sharing the facade and interior photos and its interesting background.

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  21. Nice photos for the theme! I really like the harbor shot.
    My photo is
    Here

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  22. Terrific photos! :) Thanks for the tour! :)

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  23. Anni,

    This is a fabulous post. I'm sure that you and Bud enjoyed yourselves while the carpets were drying.

    The mansion looks very interesting. I'm going to check out your link after I've commented. I'm always intrigued with places such as this. We have one in Toronto that had central heating and running water. It is called Casa Loma and was very unique in its day. I have never been there but hope to go one day.

    The museum also looks interesting. I have been to a maritime museum and really enjoyed it. It looks like the two of you had a wonderful day.

    Enjoy those freshly cleaned carpets and have a great weekend.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  24. I knew this would be an easy word for you..for me too really!! Not one you had to THINK about!!
    I loved your pictures. So fun to go and see things like you guys do sometimes. i wish we would do that but we just don't. Gas is so expensive that we are saving for our trip back to Illinois for my dad's birthday in August
    Blessings today..Sandy

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  25. Hi Anni, this is indeed an awesome trip report. Thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting.

    Have a great weekend!

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  26. I'd love to take that tour myself! BTW, I may have to try your Orange Sherbert Smoothie! Sounds yummy and refreshing!

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  27. Smoothies and slushies - oh my... Mmmm...

    Beautiful place. Thanks for the virtual tour!

    BTW, I don't think we've done reflection yet... just mirror. So, I'll double check and will add it, if not. =) Thx for the suggestion.

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  28. Loved the tour with you!! Interesting photos!

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  29. Beautiful photos and they are indeed many as you said Anni! I love the photo of the mansion as it is beautiful!

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  30. What a wonderful set of photos.
    They are all great and I appreciated the tour!
    Happy Weekend!

    PS. I am going to try your "STRAWBERRY ITALIAN ICE" - I have so many strawberries now.

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  31. Love your pics for this week's theme! So much history :) Thanks for stopping by my blog & commenting :) Have a wonderful weekend :)

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  32. what a wondeful collection of photos....I love that old mansion...

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  33. Annie, thanks for the tours, these are great photos. Have a good weekend.

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  34. wow...very impressive architecture indeed. love the swan sculpture. thanks for sharing the photos and history.

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  35. What a fun outing ~ thanX for sharing the tour.

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  36. Nice shots. I especially like the one of the shrimp boat. Have a lovely weekend!

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  37. I love the look of that mansion, and the history is wonderful! Thank you.

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  38. Great post for the theme this week.

    Have a great weekend.

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  39. Awesome photos! The first picture has very interesting lighting. Thank you for the tour of the historical places.

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  40. Those are great shots! What a neat house too, so ahead of it's time.

    Schilling has had shoulder problems since the preseason. He's pretty sure after this surgery he'll just retire. It's a bummer, but totally understandable.

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  41. Hi Anni. You certainly visited cool museums. Love the series of photos you have here. My favorite is the first photo of the museum in Rockport. The vessels all looks organized. The view is refreshing.

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  42. brilliant tour and pics! have a great weekend :-)

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  43. thats pretty shots too Annie...Happy weekend.

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  44. Very well done! I love the historical value behind this post. Happy Hunting.

    Mine is up at CrAzY Working Mom.

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  45. Dear Anni ~~ Wonderful post and so interesting. Thank you for sharing that lovely mansion with us.
    Thank you so much for your lovely comments about "How to Dance in the Rain" It was a beautiful story.
    Take care, dear Anni, Love, Merle.

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  46. Beautiful capture of the mansion there...'would love to have the chance to visit the maritime museum!

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  47. I've been to that mansion! We didn't go in, but had a picnic on the grounds when we were on our way to Mustang Island to camp. I have some pictures like yours of the view and the mansion. Being from my part of Texas, to be at the coast is like being in another part of the world---the vegetation is different, the air smells different, and I just get a differeent feeling being there1

    Thanks for the pseudo-trip today!

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  48. Such beautiful photos, Anni! You are indeed very lucky to live so close to water and oh, how I would love to be able to visit that mansion. Being built in the late 1860's and yet having that kind of heating and running water...they were way ahead of their time, weren't they! Fascinating! I will go read the story behind the mansion after I leave my comment:-)

    The Maritime Museum also looks very interesting. Did you see my yacht moored there in the bay??? hehe I WISH! xoxo

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  49. I want to go there! Lovely shots!

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  50. These recipes seem very tasty ... especially in this heat! I'm glad I didn't miss this post entirely because these are both wonderful series of photos ... and the links have interesting info too. Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs and blessings,

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  51. Ahhh... definitely a wonderful place to visit (=

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  52. What a great tour you took us on Anni !
    Nice way to present the theme 'Water' .
    The mansion is so impressive . The Rockport pics are nice too. Particularly liked the watercolor and the Crane fountain .

    Thanks for your visit Anni :)

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