The sun set in the west Thursday night, illuminating the Fulton Mansion in an eerie, dream-like glow.
As visitors walked the lawn and gazed up at the restored, Second French Empire-style home, the damage tornadoes did to the property during Hurricane Harvey seemed soundly in the past.
After a more than two-year closure for a $1 million restoration project, the Fulton Mansion State Historic Site reopened in mid-December and is experiencing record attendance, said Jacqui Ainlay-Conley, the mansion's sight manager.
About 30 people gathered in the education center Thursday night for the first of its new Moonlight at the Mansion Program. On the first Thursday of every month in 2020, the mansion will be open from 5-8 p.m. for self-guided night tours in addition to changing lectures or presentations.
The restoration was funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as well as private donations from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Humanities Texas and the San Antonio Conservation Society.