Also of interest to history enthusiasts is the remarkable 1859 Ashton Villa (2328 Broadway St., 409/762-3933, www.galvestonhistory.org , 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon.–Sat., noon–4 p.m. Sun. and winter months, tours daily from noon–4 p.m. on the hour, $6 adults, $5 students, cash only). This stately mansion, built for one of Texas’s wealthiest businessmen, James Moreau Brown, set the standard for the exquisite Galveston  homes that followed.
Experience the Victorian lifestyle through the home’s grand entryway, life-sized paintings, and beautifully landscaped grounds. The house contains many pieces of artwork, furniture, and mementos the family acquired during its travels to the Far East. Ashton Villa now houses the city’s Heritage Visitors Center.