Nearly as impressive as Bishop’s Palace in its opulence is the nearby Moody Mansion (2618 Broadway St., 409/762-7668, www.moodymansion.org, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon.–Sat., noon–4 p.m. Sun. and winter months, tours on the hour, $6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 students, cash only). Renowned Galveston entrepreneur and businessman W. L. Moody, Jr., purchased the four-story, 32-room, 28,000-square-foot limestone and brick mansion a week after the 1900 hurricane.
The stately home features rare hand-carved wood, coffered ceilings, stained glass, and heirlooms from the Moody family, which established one of the country’s most heralded financial empires through various entrepreneurial endeavors (cotton, banking, ranching, and insurance). Marvel at the manicured grounds, exquisite furnishings, the expansive ballroom, and the dining room’s gold-leaf ceiling.
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