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Ashton Villa

2328 Broadway Avenue J

Galveston, TX 77550

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The great-great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens, Jane Monk, isn’t just coming to this year’s event to take in the sights and share in her heritage, she’s also there to cook up a traditional English breakfast! Join Jane and our celebrity chef as they prepare a one-of-a-kind experience in one of Galveston’s most beloved historic homes, the 1859 Ashton Villa. Reservations are required.

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ABOUT THE 1859 ASHTON VILLA

Built by James M. Brown, in 1859, Ashton Villa was the first of many. Not only was it the first house to ever be built on Broadway Boulevard, it was the first mansion to be built on the island and one of the first private brick residences in Galveston. Construction of the house began in 1858. It was a gift for his wife, Rebecca Ashton Stoddard. The family moved into the home on New Year's Eve day, 1859.

Ashton Villa is an Italianate villa, with wide overhanging eaves and ornate cornice brackets. It was built with a coal burning fireplace in every room and a coal burning furnace in the above ground basement. Gas chandeliers lit each room. Marble sinks separate the bedrooms and the second floor has two indoor restrooms. The water was supplied by copper and cypress cisterns mounted on the back of the house. Gravity pulled rainwater into the pipes with the excess being piped into Mrs. Brown's rose gardens. Ceilings on the first floor are fourteen feet, on the second: twelve and on the third, ten.

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. Although it retains only a few pieces of original furnishings, her architectural details are still in tact, as well as many of the paintings executed by Mr. Brown's daughter, Betty.


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