The Fulton Mansion State Historic Site re-opened its doors over the weekend after being closed for nearly seven months. What visitors can see now, is a truly unique experience.
Marsha Hendrix, who works for the Fulton Mansion State Historic Site, says after the first weekend of being open, many people were excited to see the historic site up and running. However, the tours are a bit different than they were prior to Hurricane Harvey.
"It's completely different than the usual tour," Hendrix said. "People are going to get to kind of focus on the architectural details, and the wood inside the house."
The mansion is now offering what they call, "hard hat tours." Visitors can check out some of the storm repairs still going on. Old furnishings, which are sensitive to sunlight have been temporarily removed. That allows staff to let more light stream into the home. Plus, visitors can check out rooms that aren't usually a part of the tour.
Sharon Moore, who is a volunteer for the Fulton Mansion, said despite the building being damaged, it's the heart of the community, and having it re-opened has brought a lot of joy to her and those around her.
"They can see the real construction of the home and feel the warms in the rooms," Moore said.
From Tuesdays to Sundays, visitors can check out the Fulton Mansion in all its glory. The one-of-a-kind look at the Fulton Mansion shows the strength of a home that survived eight hurricanes, but it also shows the strength of a close-knit community.
"The Fulton Mansion is a great symbol of the resilience of our community and the strength of the folks who live here on the coast," Hendrix said.
Hendrix added, the re-opening is bringing excitement back to the community, but it's also helping get tourists back to Rockport-Fulton.
"Our community needs its attractions, it needs people to come back," Hendrix said. "And that is a way for people to have something to see and do when they come to Rockport-Fulton.
Workers at the Fulton Mansion say the basement exhibits will be open by summer. Construction on home is expected to be fully completed within a year-and-a-half.
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