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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A Birthday Party of Bicentennial Proportion!

By Cassie Dieterich, Fulton Mansion State Historic Site educator
June 8, 2010 marked the 200th birthday of George W. Fulton, the builder and first owner of Fulton Mansion in Rockport. In celebration of his life and legacy, Fulton Mansion State Historic Site hosted a 200th Birthday Party with cake, ice cream, games, and crafts.
The main attraction was a bicentennial-worthy wooden birthday cake. Party guests were encouraged to decorate the mammoth confection with signatures, drawings, and messages to George. The party ended with a ceremonial lighting of the cake and a free concert featuring local Celtic band Gravel Walk.
June 8 also marked the opening of a special exhibit at the Mansion titled “A Tale of 83 Years and Incalculable Miles: The Life and Times of George W. Fulton.” The exhibit will run throughout the summer and admission is included in the regular tour fee.
Volunteer Norinne Holman cuts one of the real birthday cakes.

Party guests sign and place candles on the larger-than-life, wooden birthday cake.

Caption: Members of the Springer family dance to the traditional Irish jigs of Gravel Walk.

**Fulton Mansion is located at 317 Fulton Beach in Rockport and is part of the Tropical Trail Region

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