Historic Attractions

1838 Menard House

1605 33rd Street, Galveston, TX 77550

This house (built in 1838 and is the oldest on the island) is in the Greek revival style. The furniture and furnishings, with few exceptions, all date from the first half of the 19th century. This is a great stop for your walking tour, or call ahead to make arrangements for your group for an interior tour. 

1839 Samuel May Williams Home

3601 Avenue P, Galveston, TX 77550

This private residence exhibits the rare combination of Creole-plantation and New England architectural styles and was built in 1838 for Samuel May Williams, secretary to Stephen F. Austin and founder of the Texas Navy. This is a great addition to any walking tour of downtown Galveston. 

1847 Powhatan House

3427 Avenue O, Galveston, TX 77550

The 1847 Powhatan House was built by John Seabrook Sydnor, pioneer merchant and mayor, and is considered one of Texas' most beautiful Greek revival homes. 

Tours by appointment only.

1859 Ashton Villa

2328 Broadway, Galveston, TX 77550

Saved from demolition in 1971 by GHF, 1859 Ashton Villa is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. Ashton Villa is not open to the public for interior tours, but is available for rental and should definitely be included in your walking tour of downtown. 

1859 St. Joseph's Church

2202 Avenue K, Galveston, TX 77550

The oldest German Catholic Church in Texas and the oldest wooden church building in Galveston, St. Joseph's was built by German immigrants in 1859. 

1861 U.S. Custom House

502 20th Street, Galveston, TX 77550

One of the oldest and most elegant public buildings in Galveston. 

Mon - Fri: 830am - 5pm 

1877 Tall Ship Elissa

Pier 21 Harborside Dr - 2220 Harborside

The Tall SHIP ELISSA is a three-masted, iron-hulled sailing ship built in 1877 in Scotland by Alexander Hall & Company. Enjoy a guided audio tour of the Texas Seaport Museum and the ELISSA. A great location for family and children of all ages! 

Open Wednesday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (the last ticket is sold at 4 p.m.)

1880 Garten Verein

2704 Avenue O, Galveston, TX 77550

Set in lush, mid-town Kempner Park, the historic Garten Verein, a tiered dancing pavilion, offers a magical venue for weddings, receptions, dinners and parties. 

1892 Bishop's Palace

1402 Broadway, Galveston, TX 77550

The Bishop's Palace (a.k.a. Gresham House) is a contributing building in the East End Historic District, a National Historic Landmark. The house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places at the national level of significance in the area of architecture. Architectural historians list the Bishop's Palace (Gresham House) as one of the most significant of Victorian residences in the country.

Self guided tours are available Wednesday - Monday from 10am to 5pm. See website for additional details.

Galveston Historical Foundation

2228 Broadway

Incorporated in 1954, Galveston Historical Foundation is one of the nation's largest local preservation organizations. Over the last 50 years, the foundation has expanded its mission to encompass community redevelopment, public education, historic preservation advocacy, maritime preservation and stewardship of historic properties. 

Moody Mansion

2618 Broadway, Galveston, TX 77550

The guided tour of the Moody Mansion includes a history of the Moody family in the context of late 19th and 20th century Galveston and Texas. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Recorded Texas Histroical Landmark.

Mansion hours are 10am to 5pm (last ticket sold at 4pm) avaliable 7 days a week.

Tour times may vary by season, be sure to call ahead.

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