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© PiGi'Franco, I am very happy to receive your nice visit to my gallery. You are always welcome here. Greetings, Paty.

I have pictures from 2012 at this location. We took pics of the hand painted murals of this Pirate which are remarkably left in a well preserved disposition after seeing the rest of building and grounds in ruin or decay. Im trying to transfer some photos for you. She calls it Stewart's Mansion...possibly the other name that is linked with the same property.

Nice Catholic Church, Great shot!!

I wish all the Catholic Churches in Southern Wisconsin where I live look like this.

Corey Coyle

I posted two views of this 'cause I couldn't decide which one I liked best.

The tree in front of the church with the green colour and the shadow. I like it. Best for you. Brumm

I would like your permission to use your photo of the Holocaust Museum Houston in an academic book htat i am publishing. I will give you credit for the photography.

Ashton Villa Mansion is an immense, 3 story, palace-like mansion in Galveston, built by a wealthy hardware businessman, James Brown, who believed in showing his wealth. Built before the War Between the States, it was one of the first brick structures in Texas.

It was both Confederate and Union headquarters during the war (not at the same time, of course)

Ashton Villa is often called the "most haunted building in America." The ghost of Bettie Brown (one of James Brown's daughters) has been seen standing in the Gold Room, standing at the top of the staircase, and heard playing the piano as at one of her famous music recitals. People on tours have reported a presence joining them on the tour. A chest of drawers purchased in the Middle East stands in Bettie Brown's dayroom. It reportedly locks and unlocks spontaneously even though the key has been missing for years. Ceiling fans turn themselves on. One bed refuses to stay made. No matter how many times a day the sheets are straightened, they end up rumpled. The top of the staircase where Bettie's ghost has been seen leads to the dayroom where Bettie could go without wearing her “stays.”

Bettie Brown isn't the only ghost to haunt Ashton Villa. Ashton Villa was used as a hospital for Confederate soldiers. There are rumors of marching soldiers moving through the house and on the grounds of the large home.

Anyone have any photos or info from the sports car races held here in the mid-1960s?? I have a date of July 9, 1966 for one of the events. More, maybe? I'm guessing it was Hot out there that day!

One of a small collection of historical buildings moved to a lot in League City


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