Parlor Talks at Fulton Mansion

Parlor Talks at the Fulton Mansion is a podcast created by the Fulton Mansion State Historic Site.

Site educators, Joseph Fox and Ashley Thornton, explore different and unique stories surrounding the Fulton Mansion and the lives of George and Harriet Fulton here on the Texas Coast. Episodes are recorded in the Parlor Room of the Mansion which was the room where the Fultons entertained and told stories to friends and family members.



Episode 9 - The Texas Odyssey of Irish Empresario James Power Part 1

James Power, an Irish empresario who brought Mexican, American, and Irish colonists to his Texas coast colony between the Guadalupe and Nueces rivers, is an oft-overlooked figure who played a huge role in the history of the Coastal Bend. In this episode, we explore why Power came to Texas from Wexford, Ireland and the dream he had of starting a colony in Coahuila y Tejas back in the 1820s...

Episode 8 - Ruth Davis Oral History Part 2: Staff, Volunteers, and Others From The Early Days of The Fulton Mansion

In this episode, we continue with part two of the oral history that educator Joe Fox conducted with a longtime contributor to the Fulton Mansion, Ruth Davis. Ruth and Joe talked about when the Mansion opened to the public back in 1983 under the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Although today the Fulton Mansion is a historic site under the Texas Historical Commission, we are still in debt to the early curators, docents, and volunteers who helped grow the institution in its early days.

Episode 7 - The Fultons and Aransas County: A Special Sesquicentennial Episode

We’ve been building up to this milestone in our community for a while with our Live Oak Legacy exhibit but also in assisting with the celebrations happening all across our community this month. In today’s episode, we wanted to offer a brief retrospective on the history of Aransas County and how it’s changed with the different groups of people who’ve called this slice of Texas Coast home. By looking back at the story leading up to when Aransas County was formed in 1871, we can gain an appreciation for how much our community has grown in these past 150 years...

Episode 6 - Ruth Davis Oral History Part 1: Rockport and the Fulton Mansion in the early 1980s

Back in January of this year, Ruth Davis was kind enough to sit down with educator Joseph Fox for an oral history at the Fulton Mansion's visitor center. Ruth was a park ranger back in the early 1980s when the Fulton Mansion had just opened to the public under the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Divided into several parts, today's episode covers Ruth's upbringing, how she came to the Texas Coastal Bend, Rockport, and then the Fulton Mansion.

Episode 5 - What is an Aransas? The origin of our county's name.

On visiting Aransas County you may have asked yourself, what is an Aransas? On today's episode, On today's episode of Parlor Talks, the Fulton Mansion newest educator, Ashley Thornton, joins in to discuss where the term originated from and how it came here to the Texas coast. The story takes us from the earliest Spanish explorers of Texas to the Fulton's time building an early town on the Live Oak Peninsula, Aransas City.

Episode 4 - Ignacio Zaragoza: The Hero of Cinco de Mayo's Roots on the Texas Coast

Cinco de Mayo is typically seen as a holiday for parties, food, and beer. However, it's roots lie in Mexico's War for Independence against the French and the hero of the story, Ignacio Zaragoza, has surprising roots here on the Texas Coast. Tune in to hear heroic Zaragoza's story which began in the town of Goliad...

Episode 3 - Harriet Smith's Early Years on the American Frontier

In this episode, we shift our focus to Harriet's childhood and teenage years growing up in Missouri and Texas and living through the Texas Revolution. How did the Smiths end up in Brazoria? What did Harriet and her family experience during the Texas Revolution? How did George and Harriet meet? Tune in to learn more!

Episode 2 - George's Journey Through the Early Republic of Texas

This episode recounts George's journey through the early Republic of Texas. After his army service in 1837, George became a surveyor for the General Land Office. In his diary, he recounts his travels between San Antonio and Houston amongst legendary Texas figures like Crockett, Smith, and Seguin. 

Episode 1 - George Fulton in the Texas Army 1836-37

In this first episode of Parlor Talks at the Fulton Mansion, we’ll be discussing George Fulton’s early experiences as a young man exploring the Republic of Texas from 1836 to 1837. George travelled to Texas and enlisted as a soldier in the Texas Army during a time conflict and upheaval but, also opportunity. In this episode, we’ll focus on George’s early life, Texas after the Battle of San Jacinto, and George’s military service to the Republic of Texas.