Galveston Historical Foundation
Virtual Homes Tour

Galveston Historic Homes Tour – Virtual Edition

Although we’re not able to welcome our guests into the privately owned homes of Galveston, that’s not stopping us from celebrating our annual tour of the island’s rich architectural history. This online-only event featured live walkthroughs of historic homes, lectures and presentations by historians and architectural experts, and special programming.


This program is offered free to the public, but we’re hoping that you’ll consider donating the cost of a homes tour ticket ($30), or an amount of your choosing, in support of Galveston Historical Foundation. Incorporated in 1954, GHF is one of the nation’s largest local preservation organizations. Over the last 50 years, the foundation has expanded its mission to encompass community redevelopment, public education, historic preservation advocacy, maritime preservation and stewardship of historic properties.



Online Tour of the McKinney-McDonald House, built in 1890
Galveston Architecture Lecture by GHF Executive Director, Dwayne Jones
Tour of the William and Mary Margaret Moody III House, built in 1938
Stephen Fox Lecture on the Architecture of John Staub
Tour of the Charles and Estelle Miller House, built in 1899
Presentation by Plein Air Southwest
Tour of the James and Louise DeForest House, built in 1883



GHF was formed as the Galveston Historical Society in 1871 and merged with a new organization formed in 1954 as a non-profit entity devoted to historic preservation and history in Galveston County. Over the last sixty years, GHF has expanded its mission to encompass community redevelopment, historic preservation advocacy, maritime preservation, coastal resiliency and stewardship of historic properties. GHF embraces a broader vision of history and architecture that encompasses advancements in environmental and natural sciences and their intersection with historic buildings and coastal life and conceives of history as an engaging story of individual lives and experiences on Galveston Island from the 19th century to the present day.


  • I am a BOI born in Galveston in 1932. Wish I could still travel, but happy that I am receiving Galveston information. I haven’t lived in Galveston since 1941 but still have pleasant thoughts of visiting my grandparents there each summer after my parents moved away. I loved Galveston as a child and still love it. As the saying goes, those you love first are the ones you love most.

    Barbara Oster Lampert

  • What a great idea! Is this the only opportunity for the tour, or will we also be able to each it later?

  • We will certainly be on the tour. I’m a BOI also and moved away to Austin when I was 15. Having relatives in Galveston for years we visited all the time and now that we own a Beach House on the West End and retired we visit almost monthly. Guess I have sand in my blood. Thanks for the opportunity to visit these beautiful old homes

  • Thank you so much for doing this. We have always attended the home tours, but now live in southwest Texas. Also, thank you for archiving as I may not be home for the start of the tour. This is such a great idea!

  • Hello,
    I am not on face book and want to view the house tour and lectures. How can I do this without joining face book?? Thank you so much for your help. Vivian

    • The presentation will be available for viewing on our site (on this page) as well. We’ll also keep it archived for future viewing after it’s over.

  • My husband and I were newly- weds when we moved to Galveston in 1962 for him to complete his medical training. Even though we were poor as church mice, those four years were the happiest of my life. Our two sons were born at John Sealy Hospital, and we made many life-long friends while we were there. Galveston will always have a special place in my heart. I so much appreciate the virtual historical homes tour that GHF is providing this year. Since we cannot attend in person as we have in the past, this is a wonderful opportunity for those of us who love everything about this gem of an historical town.

  • Truly enjoyed the Virtual Historic Tour. Thank you for making this available to us during this time of quarantine. Can you identify the house that is shown in your PLEASE STANDBY slide? The black & white photo of the multi-storied house with the workers standing around on the grounds.

  • Are you going to make available the home tours and lectures? I really enjoyed what I was able to participate in.

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