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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Students Get Spooky for Fulton Mansion

By Cassie Dieterich, Fulton Mansion Educator

Fulton Mansion State Historic Site has announced its 2011 Spooky Stories Contest winners. Congratulations to Sapphire Rodriguez, middle school winner, and Juliet Jones, elementary school winner. The top two prize-winning stories along with eight semi-finalists’ stories will be published in the Fulton Mansion’s third annual Spooky Story booklet. The book is available for purchase year-round in the Fulton Mansion gift shop.

Read an excerpt of Sapphire Rodriquez’s story below. Find the complete story, along with Juliet Jones’ “The Ghost of the Fulton Mansion,” on Fulton Mansion’s Facebook Page.

Artwork by Larry Zink

The Haunted Bite
by Sapphire E. Rodriguez, Cunningham Middle School

It was one of those nights again. The light kept flickering off and on, the wind had a bitter holler and all I could do was take small steps up the stairs—stairs that so many had walked on and were never seen again.

“Why bother with this old house?” you may say. Trust me. It is something worth talking about. Over three thousand people have tried to solve the mystery of this abandoned house for over a hundred years, but none ever succeeded. They would go in on nights like this and never see the light of day again. I procrastinated before going down the hall of the house where all the bedrooms were. Whoever last lived in this house was a total mess. They also had left the windows open, which caused the wind to seep into the house, giving me an eerie feeling.

PAT! PAT! PAT!

What was that!? Slowly, long, white footprints started appearing. They kept going down the long narrow hallway until they stopped directly at a door. The door led to the highest window in the house and it was blocked with many thorns and overgrown vines.

“Deep breath—just take a deep breath,” I said to myself. I was there to find out the mystery of this old abandoned mansion, and I would come out with an answer.
Continue reading the full story.

Fulton Mansion is located in the resort area of Rockport-Fulton, 30 miles north of Corpus Christi. The site is part of the Tropical Trail Region.

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