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On Tuesday, June 17, 2014 the Texas Tropical Trail Region will hold its 105th monthly Partner Event in Rockport-Fulton, Aransas County, and we invite you to join us.
If you are interested, you must RSVP (including the names of all in your party) to nancydeviney@yahoo.com by Friday, June 13.  Lunch will be $14 per person; please plan to pay for your lunch at the restaurant.  Please state your lunch choice when you RSVP (see choices below).
 If you do not receive an acknowledgement of your RSVP, please contact Nancy. 
Rockport-Fulton History
Aransas County was formed from Refugio County in 1871.  Its county seat is Rockport.  The area is commonly referred to as Rockport-Fulton since there are two separate communities in close proximity.
Aransas County is one of the smallest counties in Texas.  It is located on the western side of the Gulf of Mexico yet is separated from the Gulf by barrier islands that form the intracoastal canal.  While the county covers more than 326 square miles, much of the county is under water.  The county is composed of peninsulas, islands and bays.
Aransas and Copano Bays were first documented in 1519 by Captain Alonso Alvarez de Pineda, the first European to sail the Gulf of Mexico.  The earliest known inhabitants were the Karankawa Indians, documented by Cabeza de Vaca in 1528.  In the 1700s, missions were established in the area by Spain.  After the war between Spain and Mexico, the area was claimed by Mexico.
In 1826 James Hewetson and James Power applied for an empresario grant on Aransas Bay. Colonists were recruited from Ireland to settle in the area.  The town of Rockport was founded in 1867.  George Fulton completed his mansion in 1877 (today’s Fulton Mansion State Historic Site) in the community now known as Fulton, next to Rockport.
We’ll begin our day with a welcome and refreshments at the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.  From there we’ll head east a few blocks to the History Center for Aransas County for a tour of this new facility.
Our next stop will be the Texas Maritime Museum near Rockport Harbor.  Gulf coast history from pirates to fishing to oil drilling is told through exhibits and artifacts.  This is the “Official Maritime Museum of Texas”.
We’ll move on to Fulton for lunch at Eleanor’s General Store with a showroom filled with old-fashioned candy, collectibles and homemade products including baked goods and honey.  And their showroom also includes a collection of “muscle” cars that gives the impression of being in a car museum.
The afternoon will be spent at the Fulton Mansion State Historic Site Education and History Center.  Our two educational programs and business meeting will be held here.  Our first program will be a book review by Diane Probst, CEO of the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, of her book, “Chamberology”, filled with tips on how to run a successful and award-winning Chamber of Commerce.
Our next program will be an update on the restoration of the Fulton Mansion State Historic Site presented by Site Manager Marsha Hendrix.
The Mansion is closed during these restorations but you will have the option to close the day by visiting the Mansion’s Exhibit Area and Gift Shop adjacent to the Education and History Center.
We’ll enjoy lunch at Eleanor’s General Store located at 3316 N. Highway 35 in Fulton.  Please visit Eleanor’s web site at www.eleanorsgeneralstore.com. You may want to plan on doing a little shopping while we’re there.
You will have two choices for lunch:
Half a chicken salad sandwich on a croissant with a cup of potato cheddar soup
Bowl of Chicken & Dumplings
Ice tea, coffee or water, and homemade apple dumplings for dessert
Cost per person will be $14 including tax and gratuity.
Our hosts for this day in Rockport-Fulton will be the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, History Center for Aransas County, Texas Maritime Museum, Fulton Mansion State Historic Site and Eleanor’s General Store.
9:30 – 10:00 amWelcome and Refreshments – Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, 319 Broadway Street, Rockport
10:00 – 10:10 am – Travel to History Center for Aransas County, 801 E. Cedar, Rockport
10:10 – 10:30 amTour of History Center for Aransas County
10:30 – 10:45 amTravel to Texas Maritime Museum, 1202 Navigation Blvd, Rockport
10:45 – 11:45 amTour Texas Maritime Museum
11:45 am – 12 noon – Travel to Eleanor’s General Store, 3316 N. Highway 35, Fulton
12 noon – 1:00 pmLunch– Eleanor’s General Store (with a little extra time for shopping)
12:30 pm – Individual introductions and community updates
1:00 -1:15 pmTravel to Fulton Mansion State Historic Site Education and History Center located directly behind the Fulton Mansion on the corner of Henderson and Nancy Ann Streets
1:15 – 1:30 pmEducational Program – Book Review by Diane Probst, CEO of Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce – “Chamberology – by Diane Probst” – Find out what it takes to be a Chamberologist – Fulton Mansion Education and History Center
1:30 – 2:00 pm – Educational Program – “Update on Fulton Mansion Historic Site Restorations” by Marsha Hendrix, Site Manager – Fulton Mansion Education and History Center
Optional – 2:00 pm – optional tour of Fulton Mansion Exhibit and Gift Shop area (adjacent to the Education and History Center)
2:00 – 3:30 pm Business meeting – Tropical Trail board of directors – Fulton Mansion Education and History Center
If you are able to join us, please RSVP to nancydeviney@yahoo.com as soon as possible but no later than Friday, June 13.
There will be no cost to you for this day except for the $14 lunch. If your plans change after you RSVP, please let me know as soon as possible; otherwise, you will be billed for your lunch.
You are welcome to share this invitation with your friends and colleagues but please let them know that an RSVP is required.
Thank you.
Nancy Deviney
Executive Director, Texas Tropical Trail Region
Nancy Deviney
Executive Director, Texas Tropical Trail Region
home/office – 361 547-8033
cell – 361 701-0555
fax – 361 394-5672