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Postcards from Texas – Ghosts of the Ashton Villa

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Postcards from Texas – History Ashton Villa

Historically 1528, when the first Europeans landed, Galveston Island was home to Akokisa and Karankawa Indians who camped, fished and hunted the swampy land and buried their dead here.

The Ashton Villa Home was built in 1859 built by James Moreau Brown  It was a gift for his wife, Rebecca Ashton Stoddard that first house to ever be built on Broadway Boulevard

Mr. James  Brown came to Galveston in 1843

They had three children at the time; John, Moreau and Betty. Two more children, Charles and Matilda, were born in the house.

Ashton Villa was saved from demolition in 1970. Galveston Historical Foundation took charge of restoring the house, and after four years of work and research, it was opened to the public in 1974

Today It is not Opened for Public Tours but can be rented for Wedding Events ‘

History City of Galveston

Galveston was named for Bernardo de Gálvez – Spanish Born -Academy of Ávila and first saw military action in the Spanish invasion of Portugal in 1762, at age 16 

Incorporated in 1839, Galveston quickly became the most active port west of New Orleans and the largest city in the state

In the 1917’s. Starting with Prohibition-era bootlegging, Galveston evolved into a gambling and drinking resort town

Ashton Villa was used as a Confederate headquarters and hospital for soldiers of the Confederacy

President Ulysses S. Grant himself visited the villa in 1880

Incorporated in 1839, Galveston quickly became the most active port west of New Orleans and the largest city in the state

In the 1917’s. Starting with Prohibition-era bootlegging, Galveston evolved into a gambling and drinking resort town

In September 8, 1900, a hurricane hit the island that changed her course of history. Six to eight thousand people lost their lives that night, and the Great Storm is still the worst natural disaster our country has ever experienced. Ashton Villa survived the storm with only water damage

The Galveston Seawall is a seawall in Galveston, Texas, the USA that was built after the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 for protection from future hurricanes.

Ghosts of the Ashton Villa

Ashton Villa today has legend that it is Haunted.  Many Ghost sitings have been recorded over the years.

Matilda – Know to be a very Spunky Lady, Cigar Puffing Daughter to Mr. Brown, is said that her Ghost has been seen in her Toy Room and on Veranda, over the Years

Rebecca “Bettie” Brown, is the best-known spirit in the villa. Renowned for her beauty and nicknamed “The Texas Princess”

Since her death, she has most often been spotted in her day room, or at the top of the stairs leading into it, dressed in a stunning turquoise gown and holding an ornate Victorian fan. The chest of drawers in this room has been missing its key for decades, but will often be found locked one day and unlocked the next.

Many guests have reported seeing a woman playing the piano in the Gold Room and assumed it to be Bettie, but Bettie never learned how to play. Tilly, on the other hand, was an accomplished musician who loved to entertain her family and guests and fits the description of this mysterious spirit well.

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