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.
2020 Annual Meeting of the Aransas County Historical Society
The 2020 Annual Meeting of the Aransas County Historical Society will be held at the Saltwater Pavilion, Rockport Beach Park on Thursday February 27 at 6:30 PM. The meeting is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. There will be a brief business meeting followed by a presentation on the histories of Rockport’s First and Earliest Churches: Baptist, Methodist, Episcopal, Catholic and Presbyterian.
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:
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 Boats to Build. 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:
Sample Photographs from Earlier Calendars
THE ARANSAS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
PRESERVING YOUR HISTORY SINCE 1985