Annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour goes virtual May 9

Typically an in-person event, the Galveston Historic Homes Tour will feature live walk-throughs of historic homes, lectures and presentations by historians and architectural experts. (Courtesy Galveston Historical Foundation)
Typically an in-person event, the Galveston Historic Homes Tour will feature live walk-throughs of historic homes, lectures and presentations by historians and architectural experts. (Courtesy Galveston Historical Foundation)

Typically an in-person event, the Galveston Historic Homes Tour will feature live walk-throughs of historic homes, lectures and presentations by historians and architectural experts. (Courtesy Galveston Historical Foundation)

Aligned with social distancing guidelines as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Galveston Historical Foundation's annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour will go online May 9, the nonprofit announced in a press release May 5.

Typically an in-person event, the Galveston Historic Homes Tour will feature live walk-throughs of historic homes, lectures and presentations by historians and architectural experts.

"The extraordinary architecture on the island can be appreciated and enjoyed from many vantage points," said Dwayne Jones, the executive director of the Galveston Historical Foundation, in a statement. "This is just one more way to experience these homes, and we look forward to your support and the opportunity to share our great buildings and history."

The event will stream live May 9 from 1-5 p.m. at both www.galvestonhistory.org and www.facebook.com/galvestonhistory.

The event schedule is as follows:

  • 1-1:30 p.m.: tour of McKinney-McDonald House, built in 1890

  • 1:30-2:15 p.m.: Galveston architecture lecture lead by Jones

  • 2:15-2:45 p.m.: tour of William and Mary Margaret Moody III House, built in 1938

  • 2:45-3:30 p.m.: Stephen Fox lecture on the architecture of John Staub

  • 3:30-4 p.m.: tour of Charles and Estelle Miller House, built 1899

  • 4-4:30 p.m.: presentation by Plein Air Southwest

  • 4:30-5 p.m.: tour of James and Louise DeForest House, built 1883


While the event is free to the public, the Galveston Historical Foundation is encouraging participants to consider a $30 donation—the cost of an in-person home tour ticket—or any contribution of their choice, the release states.


In addition to the Galveston Historic Homes Tour, the Galveston Historical Foundation is offering additional educational programs online during the pandemic, including Facebook live lectures, special Instagram takeovers, virtual tours and homeschool programming, the release states. For more information on these digital offerings, click here.
By Hannah Zedaker

Editor, Spring/Klein & Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood

Hannah joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor of the Spring/Klein edition and later became the editor of both the Spring/Klein and Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood editions in June 2021. Hannah covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Hannah served as associate editor of The Houstonian, interned with Community Impact Newspaper and spent time writing for the Sam Houston State University College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication and The Huntsville Item.