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.


Special Notice

The event “Art in the Governor’s Mansion” previously scheduled for March 26, 2020 has been postponed in accordance with government guidance on the fight against COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, and out of concern for the health and well being of our members. Additionally the ACHS workshops normally held at the Rockport Dairy Queen on Wednesdays are being suspended until the virus threat has passed. 

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. 


2020 Annual Meeting of the Aransas County Historical Society

The Annual Meeting of the Aransas County Historical Society was held on February 27, 2020 at the Salt Water Pavilion in Rockport. This year’s presentation was on the histories of Rockport’s five earliest churches delivered by a representative from each church. If you were unable to attend, or just want to see the presentations again, you can view the video from our presentations page or click on this link: Rockport’s Five Earliest Churches 



2020 Calendar

The Aransas County Historical Society 2020 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 2020 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

The Aransas County Historical Society would like to thank our calendar sponsors for this year: Albin Exterminating, John & Debbie Jackson, Rockport Cultural Arts District, Friends of the Fulton Mansion, Fulton Mansion State Historic Site, Texas Maritime Museum, JCW Photo Restoration, GSM Insurors, Rockport Center for the Arts, Friends of the Aransas County History Center, The Aransas County Historical Commission and Sandy Swanson & Jackie Shaw.


New Video Releases

Guy Clark Tribute

A new video is now available from the Guy Clark Tribute concert on August 1, 2019 featuring Verlon Thompson and Shawn Camp. We will only make one music video available at a time, so please click on this link or the image to enjoy Verlon and Shawn performing Texas Cookin’. A song inspired by the Rockport-Fulton area where Guy spent his formative years. 



Gold Beneath the Trees

Keith Petrus provided an excellent presentation on how Tom Hart and family left Ireland in 1834 with high hopes of beginning a new life in Texas. Instead, they found tragedy and hardship. Their story of perseverance, against all odds, is told through the eyes of Tom’s daughter, Rosalie Hart-Priour. We have a video of the event available on our YouTube Channel for anyone who may have missed it or would like to see it again. The video is located here: Gold Beneath the Trees


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


Sample Photographs from Earlier Calendars


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