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    Galveston's Three Beauties

    by Jefie Written Dec 1, 2005

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    If you only have time to do one thing in Galveston, I highly recommend visiting the "three beauties" (Moody Mansion, Bishop's Palace and Ashton Villa). Each house is different and has its own unique charm - Walking through the rooms of Moody Mansion (1892) is like walking through the pages of a 19th century novel thanks to all the efforts that have been put in keeping the place as authentic as possible. Bishop's Palace (1886) is a beautiful house, with great architectural details, although it does need a bit of restoration. Finally, my favorite of the three tours was Ashton Villa (1859) because the guide was very keen on entertaining us with the stories of its former - rather eccentric - inhabitants!

    You get a discount if you buy tickets to all three beauties at the same time and if you don't have to visit them all on the same day, they'll still accept your ticket on the next day. Visiting the three beauties is a great way to learn about the history of Galveston!

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    Beach at Sunset... Even in Winter

    by cjuliette Updated May 11, 2004

    Do not miss the beach at sunset and after dark! there is no reason you should, because even in the winter time it is comfortable and beautiful.

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    Visit historic homes

    by evalynn Written Jan 18, 2004

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    1838 Michel B. Menard Home
    Experience the charm of the Old South during guided tours of the home once owned by the founders of both Galveston and Houston. Restored to its former beauty and furnished with an outstanding collection of Federal and American Empire antiques, this Greek Revival landmark again reflects the glory of its storied past.
    Adults: $6; Kids Under 11: $3

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    Visit historic homes

    by evalynn Written Jan 18, 2004

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    Ashton Villa (1859) & Heritage Visitors Center
    409.762.3933
    Lovely antiques, family heirlooms and original art fill the stately mansion built before the Civil War by James Moreau Brown, one of Texasý wealthiest businessmen, and presided over by his colorful daughter, Miss Bettie Brown. From the Gilded Age splendor of the Golf Room to the elegant family quarters upstairs, Ashton Villa provides an intimate glimpse into the life of a prominent Victorian family. Also home to the Heritage Visitors Center. The center offers complete visitor services, including brochures, maps, and information about local restaurants and hotels.
    Adults & Seniors: $6; Students $5; Kids 6 & Under: Free; Family (2 parents & up to 3 kids under 18): $18

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    Many histortical buildings on the strand.

    by mafootje Updated Jul 25, 2003

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    Galveston has many beautifull historical buildings on the strand. In front of most of them are one or more information signs about the history.

    The following text is taken from the information sign in front of this building.

    Hutchings, Seally & Co. Buildings

    Four decades after joining in partnership, George Ball,John Henry Hutchings and John Seally Employed prominent Galveston Architect Nicholas J.Clayton to design office buildings for their Ball, Hutchings & Co. Commission and banking operations.
    Built in 1895 as two individual but connected structures, thes buildings complemented Galveston's Strand avenue, know at the time as the "Wall street of the southwest."

    The buildings' renaissance revival style is represented by the heavily rusticated stone arches featured on its entryways, terra cotta detailing on the parapets and entablatures, evenly spaced columns and pilasters, elaborate stone cornice and arcading windows.

    The foundation walls are six feet wide at the base and made of pressed brick with ashlar patterned sandstone facing.
    The corner building which features the name "Hutchings" on its entablature, was originaly constructed for John H. Hutchings.
    The adjoining office building featuring the name "Sealy" on its entablature, was built for John Seally. These majestic buildings are reminders of a grand era in Galveston's history and philanthropic legacy of these early businessmen.

    recorded Texas historic landmark 1992.

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    Railway Museum

    by keeweechic Updated Feb 25, 2003

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    The Museum is housed in the Shearn Moody Plaza, a restored 1930's passenger depot at the foot of The Strand. There are dozens of life-sized figures which are there to represent the look of a busy depot of the 1930's. There are 6 multimedia theatres which present a history of Galveston shipping, railroading, and commerce. Open daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., on Rosenberg St. at foot of the Strand.
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    Old Custom House

    by keeweechic Updated Feb 25, 2003

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    The construction of the original Custom House initially began in 1858 but was interrupted by a yellow fever epidemic in 1858. The and the building was not completed until the eve of the Civil War. It was restored in 1967 and is the state's oldest non-military federal building.
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    Sealy House - 'Open Gates'

    by keeweechic Updated Feb 25, 2003

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    "Open Gates" is another wonderful mansion on Broadway. Uniquely built using multicolored brick and stonework, plus the use of terra cotta decorations. The house was constructed for George Sealy who was one of the founders of Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railway.
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    The Bishop's Palace

    by keeweechic Updated Feb 25, 2003

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    This ornate building took some 7 years to complete at a cost of $250,000 and was originally home to the family of Walter Gresham a former Confederate Colonel and US Congressman. It was owned by the Catholic diocese from 1920 to the middle 1950's and is ranked among the top 100 homes in the nation for its architectural significance. The mantle in the front ballroom won first prize at the Philadelphia Worlds Fair in 1876. There are tours every 1/2 hour.

    Open Labor Day to Memorial Day: Noon - 4pm Daily . Memorial Day to Labor Day: Mon-Sat: 10am - 4:30pm Sun: Noon - 4pm.
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    Rainforest Pyramid

    by keeweechic Written Oct 12, 2002

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    The Rainforest pyramid is one of 3 pyramids at Moody Gardens. This is a 10-story Rainforest Pyramid where butterflies, birds and tropical fish are at home with exotic plants from the rainforests of Africa, Asia and the Americas. There is crashing waterfalls, gentle pools and a Mayan Colonnade as well as a Bat Cave and Butterfly hatching hut. It was closing when we were there and we only got to walk by and look in.
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    Storm Memorial

    by keeweechic Written Oct 12, 2002

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    1900 Storm Commemorative Sculpture and memorial was dedicated to the more than 6,000 people who perished (more than twice the death toll of the World Trade Centre), as well as those who survived the hurricane.
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    Galveston Island Shore

    by keeweechic Written Oct 12, 2002

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    Galveston Island puts itself in the same popularity category as Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Daytona Beach for their successful beach nourishment project. They have added as much as 150 feet of sand to the width of the beaches on a stretch from 10th St to 61st St along Seawall Blvd which now gives unlimited areas for beach enthusiasts to enjoy.
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  • You must shop on the Strip. ...

    by rholloway Written Feb 25, 2003

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    You must shop on the Strip. For something very unique, beginning the second week of December, they have 'A Dickens Christmas on the Strip.' All of the shops are decorated in the 'Charles Dickens' era., and all of the shopkeepers and their employees dress accordingly.

    A truly special experience.

    On the Strip, you will find shops filled with local crafts, the 'Peanut Butter Factory' has been converted to an antique store, but remains 'The Factory.' The old fashion drug story serves old fashion ice cream floats, and you can watch the candy maker do his best to please your taste buds!

    You must see Moody Mansion. This is the home of the Moody family, who were some of the founders of the City of Galveston. The home was rebuilt in the early 1900's, after having been destroyed, along with the entire city in the huricane of 1906. It is graciously preserved, and is open for tours. You will be shown a delightful short movie about the mansion, the family and the City of Galveston.

    The Bishop's Palace is also a must. Also restored to its elegance in the early 1900's after the hurricane, it is a feast for every one.
    The things I have described is what 'makes' Galveston, Galveston.

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    The Galveston Port

    by Basaic Written Apr 18, 2014

    Galveston's location on the gulf and as an island and a natural port, made shipping a major part of the town's early history and it's economic growth. Galveston port still remains very, very busy.

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    Republic of Texas Navy

    by Basaic Written Apr 7, 2014

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    Along the harborside in Galveston is a monument to the establishment of the short lived Republic of Texas Navy. It was established on 25 November 1835.

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