Take a rare peek into the restoration of the 1860 Hendley Building with a special tour and happy hour during the 43rd Annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour. From 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, guests will be allowed access to the 2nd and 3rd floors of the building while enjoying light appetizers, wine and a special craft beer tasting with Georgia’s Sweetwater Brewing Company. Tickets are $50 per person.


The Hendley Building is the oldest remaining commercial building in Galveston. Constructed in 1860, the Greek Revival-style building is actually four, attached brick buildings located in the Strand National Historic Landmark District. The building was constructed to serve as offices for brothers William and Joseph Hendley, cotton and commission merchants. The building served as a Confederate watch tower during the Civil War.

About Sweetwater Brewing Company

SweetWater’s roots began back in Boulder, Colorado in the early 90’s while Freddy Bensch and Kevin McNerney were roommates at the University of Colorado, Boulder. During their time out west, they realized they had more of a hankering for beer than books. Their first step into the profession was washing kegs on the loading docks of a local brewery for free beer. With all this free beer, their grades went up, their cars got fixed, friends were plentiful and the sun shined a little brighter. Once they were finished with school, it was time to either find a real job, or get serious in the brewing business. Easy choice, right? Freddy and Kevin headed off to the American Brewers Guild in California aka Brewing School to sharpen up their knowledge of “Fermentation Science”! After that they were off and running brewing beer for other breweries around the west coast, learning their craft while keeping the dream of their own place alive.


Galveston Historical Foundation opens the doors to Galveston’s incredible architectural history through public tours of privately owned homes during its annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour. Tours will be held on May 6, 7, 13 and 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 for non-members before May 1 and $35 after. Members of Galveston Historical Foundation can purchase specially priced $25 tickets by calling 409-765-3405 or by visiting any of GHF’s retail locations.

“The annual homes tour highlights the island’s architecture crossing decades of construction and design as well as houses both large and small.  Galveston offers a unique collection of late 19th and early 20th century houses that will intrigue visitors and captivate historic house buffs,” says Jones. “Come join GHF and these homeowners as we welcome visitors from across the country to experience historic Galveston of the past.”

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