From western forts to Victorian mansions and pivotal battlegrounds, the Texas Historical Commission's 20 state historic sites exemplify a breadth of Texas history. Come explore the real stories at the real places.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Heading to the Coast? Stop by a Historic Site.

Heading to the beach this summer? Stop by at a Texas Historical Commission state historic site on the way.

Is Corpus or Rockport your destination? Check out Fannin Battleground, located 20 miles outside of Victoria. The site is the location of the 1836 Battle of Coleto Creek during Texas' War for Independence. Col. Fannin and 284 of his men surrended at this location after the Battle of Coleto Creek. The site is open daily, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Take a break from the beach and head to the air-conditioned Fulton Mansion, situated right on the Aransas Bay in the resort town of Rockport-Fulton. The 1887 home is an impressive Victorian villa complete with mansard roof, ornate trim work and other luxurious refinements. Guided tours are provided Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Tours begin on the hour with the last tour at 3 p.m.

Enjoy a shady retreat on your way to Galveston at the Varner-Hogg Plantation. The grounds of this plantation are covered in pecan orchards and magnolia trees and feature a majestic antebellum mansion. Guided tours are provided Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Or just bring a picnic and enjoy the shade of pecan orchards and magnolia trees.

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