They are like siblings – the 1870 Fulton Mansion in Fulton and the 1875 Wood House in Bayside.
And they both carry volumes of history that could be shared for generations to come.
Hurricane Harvey damaged both houses, one more severely than the other.
The Fulton Mansion had roof damage, and then interior damage from wind driven rain. However, its structure remained in tact.
Bayside’s Wood House was twisted, and its western wing was left leaning off plum by 8 degrees. Its roof, too, was compromised, and the interior has water damage.
The Texas Historical Commission expressed great interest in saving the house, and remains cautious about its ability to be straightened out.
Corpus Christi architect Trian Serbu donated time to brace the Wood House, as well as seal broken windows and secure the structure.
Grants are available, but matching funds also have to be raised.
First, Lilly Wilkinson president of Ram House Movers in Sinton, the same organization that moved the historic Victorian two-story Shelton House some seven blocks in July 2014 in Refugio, has expressed an interest in straightening out the Wood House for gratis.
This may be done in July. And if done, grants will be more readily available.
Meanwhile, funds still have to be raised for THC matching grants.
Tim Delaney, chair of the Bayside Historical Society, a nonprofit, has spearheaded fundraising efforts for the Wood House restoration.
Lynnette Selzer, the owner of the Wood House, said she had no money to help out in its restoration. But she said she would help out in any other way possible.
The structure was uninsured, and it was not Selzer’s primary residence as required by FEMA for federal funds.
So a fundraiser at A Little “Britt” of Heaven, 711 Commerce St., in Refugio, has been planned for Saturday, June 16, that features three musical performances.
Admission to the event that starts at 8 p.m. is a minimum donation of $20.
Once in, concert goers can buy an $8 barbecue plate, complete with bread, potato salad and beans.
The barbecue is being donated by San Antonio chef Ceasar Perez, who will be on hand to serve concert goers.
Wine and beer will be available, too, at $6 a drink. The wine and beer was donated by an anonymous donor from Littleton, Colorado.
The event ends at midnight.
During the night, Louisiana’s Dan Garner will perform.
Garner is a singer/songwriter from Shreveport as well as an artist and magician who’s work has been compared to Nick Drake, Michael Franks, Paul Simon and Leonard Cohen meets Guy Clark.
In the late ’70s, Garner was a founding member of The Wedgeheads, whose song, “Dancing With The Manson Girls” premiered on Rodney Bingenheimer’s program “Rodney On The ROQ” on KROQ radio in 1979.
Dan recorded and performed for 13 years with the late pre-war bluesman, Jesse Thomas, until his death in 1995.
Garner’s solo efforts include “25 Things” “The Second Album” “College Radio Dance Party” “Dan Garner IV” and LOUISIANA HAYWIRE.
Currently, he is a member of the duo, The Flying Teacups, with his wife, singer/songwriter, Amelia Blake Garner.
Junction formed in Corpus Christi in 1973 as a trio with members drummer Satch Haupt, bassist Tim Delaney and guitarist John Campbell.
Campbell left the group in late 1974 after playing roadhouses in South Texas with Junction.
The group once performed at the RazzMaTazz club in Rockport (now the American Legion Hall).
Campbell also lived at the Wood House in Bayside with his first wife, Jeri, for awhile.
He became famous overseas, and then in New York, rising to great acclaim in the United States.
His powerful blues songs – singing and guitar work – captivated his audiences, and his songs had been picked up by Elektra Records.
After a successful European tour, he was back home in New York when he died of a heart attack in 1993.
Meanwhile, guitarist Tony Voltaggio, a singer/songwriter, filled in the void in the group Junction when Campbell left.
And together with Satch and Tim, the band continued for many years.
The Junction reunion brings Tony from San Jose, California, and Satch from Kansas City, Kansas. Unfortunately, Satch’s wife fell ill at press time and will not be able to make it.
Woodsboro’s David Mesa agreed to fill in for him.
Campbell’s friend, Darrell Sage, a writer for the Blues Matters! magazine based in Bridgend, United Kingdom, will be on hand to help out.
Refugio’s own No Vacancy band, formed originally in 1982, also will perform during the evening.
The band’s reputation precedes them in Refugio County.
The band has gone through many transformations over the years and its music features progressive and southern rock songs, as well as other genres.
All three performers are donating their time for the fundraiser.
All proceeds will go to the restoration of the Wood House as matching funds for grants.
Tim Delaney is the Refugio editor at the Advance Guard Press and can be reached at 361-526 -2397, or at refugio@mySouTex.com.