Welcome to the Aransas County Historical Society Website


The Aransas County Historical Society Mission Statement:

The identification, protection, recording, interpretation and acquisition of historic and prehistoric sites, structures, places, documents and objects; and to share the above with the public and promote an appreciation of history within the county.

The Mission has not changed since the Society was incorporated in 1985.


Hurricane Carla

Today is the 20th anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11/2001. It is also the 60th anniversary of another tragic event. On this day in 1961, Hurricane Carla – the most intense hurricane to make landfall in US history – came ashore near Port O’Conner, Texas. It was a very large storm affecting much of the Texas Coast, including Aransas County. Eric Henderson of Rockport captured the events of that evening and how his father rode out the storm on their shrimp boat in Aransas Bay. It is a story about courage, seamanship, perseverance and ingenuity. He has made it available to us in his blog here: The Conte Bianco Rides Out Hurricane Carla

Photo Contest Complete

Response to the 2021 request for historical photo submissions was excellent, not only for the relatively large number of entries, but also the high quality and historical significance of many of the entries. Judging was held on Saturday, July 10. We thank Phil Albin, Donna Husak and Christopher Rice for contributing their time and expertise. 
Winners and which entries were chosen for the calendar will be revealed at the Calendar Premier event, time and location to be announced.

Judges pick photos for prizes and 2022 calendar

NEW: We’ve added a page covering the ongoing move of the historic Kline’s Cafe building in the Rockport Heritage District. This page will be updated periodically as the move progresses. Click here for more info: Kline’s Cafe Move
Kline’s Move Update 1-14-21: Building lift is complete: Kline’s Cafe Building Lift.
Klines Front

Klines front aerial


2021 Calendar


2021 Calendar Cover



The Aransas County Historical Society 2021 Calendar is now available for purchase online! 

Click here to go to our calendar page with secure PayPal online payment and click on “Buy Now” button:

Buy 2021 ACHS Calendar

Calendars may also be purchased by sending a check or m.o. for $10.00 plus $2.00 shipping and handling (price includes TX sales tax) to:

PO Box 702
Rockport, TX 78381

We were happy to see those of you who could attend the premier event for the 2021 calendar last Thursday, 11/5/2020. For those of you who could not attend or would like to see the presentation again, including the story behind the cover photo, the video is available here: 2021 Calendar Premier Video 


A special message from ACHS President, Cheryl Livingston:

In the spirit of social distancing, a quick message from ACHS.

This pandemic is a challenge for all of us. As you know we have rescheduled the joint program with the Rockport Center for the Arts: Art in the Governor’s Mansion. Date TBA.

Stay tuned for exciting summer and fall programs:

The History of Fulton and Rockport’s Earliest Schools.

Time on your hands? Dig out your photo albums and shoe boxes. Find photos at least 25 years old to enter in the photo contest for the 2022 historic calendar. 

Give us a call at 303-859-7819 if you want to chat or need anything. But, most of all, stay well!

This may be a great time to visit our presentations page to catch up on any of the recorded events you may have missed or would like to enjoy again. 


Come June in Rockport – Sherrill Pool Elizondo

This link to the Bullock Museum website will take you to a wonderful story about a family that vacationed in Rockport – Fulton every June in the 1950s and 1960s.  It is a great description of the community during its pre-Key Allegro days: Come June in Rockport – Sherrill Pool Elizondo

Dorothy Pool Photo

If you enjoyed the above story from Sherrill Pool Elizondo, you may want to read another one of her stories from the Bullock Museum web site where she talks about early days in Rockport and Hurricane Harvey: Won’t You Hurry Home.


The Aransas County Historical Society now has some of the oral history interview recordings available online. These are in their original unedited form so, in some cases, the quality is marginal but the content is priceless. You may listen to the recordings by clicking on the file names located on this page:

Aransas County History – Recorded Interviews


The Aransas County Historical Society is a 501c3 Non-profit corporation.