Sunday, November 26, 2017

Moody Mansion

The Moody Mansion, also known as the Willis-Moody Mansion, is a historical residential building in Galveston, Texas. The thirty-one room Romanesque mansion was completed in 1895. Today, guest visit twenty rooms on a tour that depicts the home life of a powerful Texas family. The Moody's established one of the great American financial empires. Based on cotton, it grew to include banking, ranching, insurance and hotels.

W.L. Moody Jr. bought the home soon after the great hurricane of 1900. The house remained home for Moody family members until 1986. Today, its rooms are filled with the furnishings and personal effects of the family. The philanthropic legacy of the Moody family is carried on today by the Moody Foundation and the Mary Moody Northen Endowment. Both charitable foundations are major forces in healthcare, education, historic preservation, and the arts.

Two audio tours allow you to set your own pace through the house and grounds. The Moody Family tour features six members of the Moody family telling stories about their ancestors. Mary's tour, appropriate for children and adults, is narrated by an actress portraying the late Mary Moody Northen as if she is guiding you through her home.

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