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Ashton Villa, 1859

 
 
Ashton Villa, 1859 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, June 9, 2012
1. Ashton Villa, 1859 Marker
Inscription. Mediterranean style architecture. European materials. Confederate and Federal headquarters in Civil War. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1967
 
Erected 1967. (Marker Number 9924.)
 
Location. 29° 18.008′ N, 94° 47.574′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway (Avenue J) and 24th Street, on the right when traveling west on Broadway (Avenue J). Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Galveston TX 77550, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Eugenia & George Sealy Pavilion (within shouting distance of this marker); Open Gates (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing); The Rosenberg Library (about 400 feet away); Original Oleander Planting in Galveston (about 500 feet away); St. Joseph's Church (about 800 feet away); Congregation B'nai Israel Synagogue (about 800 feet away); Sweeney-Royston House (about 800 feet away); The Galveston Movement (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Galveston.
 
Regarding Ashton Villa, 1859. Ashton Villa Mansion is an immense, 3 story, palace-like mansion, built by a wealthy
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By Jim Evans, June 9, 2012
2. Ashton Villa
hardware businessman, James Brown, who believed in showing his wealth.

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. During the civil war 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.
 
Also see . . .
1. Article in the Handbook of Texas. (Submitted on June 9, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
2. Article in Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 9, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
3. On this Page of the National Register of Historical Places.
Ashton Villa - A Galveston Landmark image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, June 9, 2012
3. Ashton Villa - A Galveston Landmark
Second from the top of the page (Submitted on June 9, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.) 
 
Categories. LandmarksMilitaryNotable BuildingsWar, US Civil
 
Galveston Island Visitors Center image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, June 9, 2012
4. Galveston Island Visitors Center
Housed in Ashton Villa, with entrance in the rear, is the Galveston Island Visitors Center
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 382 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.   4. submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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