– Galveston Historical Foundation’s annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour, held the first two weekends every May for the past 34 years, will be held during the upcoming weekends of May 3 and 4, and 10 and 11. Ten private historic homes will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Seven special events, including a preview evening tour and a mother’s day brunch are being held in conjunction with the 2008 Galveston Historic Homes Tour. Full information about the tour and all related special events is available at www.galvestonhistory.org.
Highlighting this year’s Historic Homes Tour will be the reopening of the 1839 Samuel May Williams House as the American Society of Interior Designers Spring Designer Showhouse. The Williams House, which is the second oldest house in Galveston and is owned by Galveston Historical Foundation, was closed as a house museum last year and now has been redesigned as a livable single-family home. The 10,000-square foot Greek Revival Lasker House is another important feature of this year’s Historic Homes Tour. The Lasker House served for 80 years as an orphanage. Now it has been transformed into an imposing residence and event venue.
Discounted advance tickets to the Historic Homes Tour are $20, or $15 for groups of 20 or more, and for GHF Members. (Member tickets are sold only at GHF headquarters.) Beginning May 3, the first day of the tour, tickets are $25. Tickets may be purchased online at www.galvestonhistory.org, or by phone at 1-777-77CLICK, and are available at area Kroger stores.