Ashton Villa was built in 1858-59, the first of Galveston's Broadway "palaces," as well as the first brick house to be built in Texas.
The artistic and eccentric Miss Bettie Brown was mistress of the manor, and her life-size paintings still adorn the showy Gold Room. When the villa was almost razed in 1970, Galveston Historical Foundation led a campaign to save it, and now manages it as a house museum.
Note: Ashton Villa is now home to the Galveston Island Visitor Information Center. For information on Galveston Island, call 409.797.5144 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about group tours & special events at Ashton Villa, contact the Galveston Historical Foundation at 409.765.7834.