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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Caroling at the Mansion

By Marsha Hendrix, Fulton Mansion Site Manager

The sounds of traditional carols rang out over the lawn at Fulton Mansion State Historic Site on December 8, 2012, when a record number of visitors attended the annual candlelight event. More than 350 people enjoyed temperate coastal weather as they sang along with the Rockport-Fulton Middle School Choir. For the past eight years, the award-winning choir has led the crowd in singing Christmas carols. With guidance by choir director Linda Foster and accompaniment by pianist Merlene Flourinoy, the students helped bring yuletide spirit to all in attendance.

Rockport-Fulton Middle School Choir boys
Rockport-Fulton Middle School Choir girls

 After enjoying the caroling, volunteers treated guests to gingerbread and wassail, and the mansion’s gardens were bright and festive with luminarias and Christmas lights.

Visitors wait in line for gingerbread cookies

In addition, the mansion was open for visitors to see the period rooms decorated in Christmas finery. An enthusiastic group of volunteers eagerly shared stories of Victorian holiday traditions.

Visitors experience the mansion's period rooms and holiday decor
Christmas tree in the parlor
George Fulton (aka Chuck Shamel) reads “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (which today we call “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”) to the youngest children on the steps of the mansion.

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

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