Ashton Villa - June 25th, 2014

Visit the 1859 Ashton Villa built by Colonel James Moreau Brown

Walk around the front to the Visitor Center in the rear

The Ashton Villa carriage house serves as the Galveston Island Visitors Center

Erin practices her "Arghhh!" with a pirate inside

The ballroom next door is the only other assessible room of Ashton Villa today

Erin poses on the closed off curving walkway

Big fireplace keeps the ballroom warm in winter

Original fountain between the carriage house & ballroom

3-story Victorian Italianate home w/deep eaves & long windows

Named after ancestor who fought in US revolutionary war

Home survived the 1900 storm as well as all the rest

Owned by the El Mina Shrine masonic order 1927-1970

The balcony above from where Juneteenth originated on June 19, 1865

Galveston Historical Foundation prevented Ashton Villas demolition in 1970

Head back toward the carriage house and parking lot

General Gordan Granger issued General Order No. 3 from the balcony

Nice garden behind General Gordon Granger's statue

Back to through carriage house to the rear parking lot

Visit Ashton Villa a year later for the 150th Anniversary of Juneteenth

Where Union General Gordon Granger read aloud General Order #3

On the 2nd floor balcony exactly 150 years ago today

The Confederate HQ and briefly Union HQ in 1862 gets a new plaque

The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere

General Granger & 2,000 federal troops would enforce the proclamation

The proclamation reading was made earlier at 8:30am behind Ashton Villa

To a large crowded enjoying cooler temperatures than now!

The pavillion was named for the Sealy's whose house is across 24th St.

And on the median near the Ashton Villa are the 10 Commandments