Historic 1847 Powhattan House - GVR05037


Entire residential home hosted by Tom

7 guests, 2 bedrooms, 4 beds, 1 bath
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Experience the charm of the 1847 Powhattan House South, the 3rd oldest house in Galveston. This beautiful Greek Revival style home is located 3 blocks from the beach and close to the Strand. Architectural details include 12' ceilings, private balcony, massive pocket doors, and so much more. It features 2 separate living spaces (1 up and 1 downstairs) each with its own private entrance. Currently the upstairs is available and is 1500 square feet with 2 BR, 1 Bath, full kitchen, living room.

The space
You will spend half of your vacation in the home you rent, so choose to stay in a place that is truly remarkable. Built 173 years ago, this massive old house displays the charm of yesteryear with the modern comforts of today. The rooms are large and spacious with 12' ceilings throughout the home. private upstairs front balcony, front porch, and so much more.

This house has an incredible and well documented history. ~It was originally built in 1847 by the mayor of Galveston John Sydnor. Sydnor famously tried to stop Sam Houston from speaking in Galveston. Later, it was owned by Stanley Spencer, who was the first recorded death from the 1900 Storm. Four photos exist of the house immediately after the 1900 Storm, showing the home virtually unscathed. A first-hand account of the Storm from inside this home was recorded in the book The Great Galveston Disaster by Paul Lester.

Our home is often compared to a museum, and we like that. It is filled with antiques and curiosities from the natural world, including fossils, geodes, gemstones, ancient artifacts, and more. This may be the only house on Airbnb where you can touch a 50,000 year old Woolly Mammoth tusk, hold the hand of an extinct Cave Bear, and touch bones of a 60 million year old Triceratops.

We personally greet every guest on arrival to show you around the house, help you get comfortable, and answer any questions you may have.

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
TV with standard cable
Air conditioning
Patio or balcony
Hair dryer

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Where you’ll be

Galveston, Texas, United States

Hosted by Tom

Joined in May 2017
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During your stay

We are passionate about this historic treasure, so we meet every guest and give a tour and brief history of the home upon your arrival. We love this home and Galveston and want to do everything we can to make your stay wonderful. We are also available during your stay.
We are passionate about this historic treasure, so we meet every guest and give a tour and brief history of the home upon your arrival. We love this home and Galveston and want to…

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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 4:00 PM
Checkout: 12:00 PM
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

Health & safety

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Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm
Security Deposit - if you damage the home, you may be charged up to $500

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