Galveston Central Island Neighborhood

Visit the Central Island Neighborhood of Midtown Galveston, TX and discover historic properties, cemeteries, African American churches, and more.

Central Island, AKA Midtown, has some interesting historic properties and cemeteries, including several historic African-American churches. It is dotted with quaint corner stores and restaurants offering a variety of great food.

Menard House and Yard in Galveston

pictured: 1838 Michel B. Menard House.

Historic Locations
Menard House, Galveston
Central Island
1838 Michel B. Menard House

This historic detached home, the oldest on the island, is a popular venue for wedding receptions—once you enter you’ll see why. Constructed in 1838, Menard House is stunning both inside and out, designed in the Greek Revival style. Named for its first owner, Michel B. Menard, a Canadian-born trader and one of the founders of Galveston, the interior houses furniture dating to the first half of the 19th century. Outside, stroll under tall oak trees and soak in the surroundings on the inviting porch.

Central Island
1880 Garten Verein

Originally built as a “garden club” for a group of German businessmen (hence the spelling), the Garten Verein House now hosts weddings and other events. Set in the greenery of Kempner Park, the historic home offers a lovely setting with its octagonal wood pavilion. The two-tiered dancing pavilion is one of the only structures that survived the 1990 storm, but it did require an extensive rebuild.

Central Island
Broadway Cemetery Historic District

Occupying six city blocks in Midtown, along the south side of Broadway Avenue between 40th and 43rd Streets, the Broadway Cemetery Historic District contains seven separate cemeteries. The burial grounds, plotted between 1839 and 1939, are said to be haunted by several ghosts. It’s the resting place of many well-known residents such as Galveston’s first Mayor, John M. Allen, who is commemorated with a historical marker at Episcopal Cemetery.

Central Island

The richness of this island's history goes well beyond celebrating Emancipation. From being home to the first African American high school and public library in Texas to being the hometown of World Heavyweight Champ Jack Johnson, Galveston has long fought to preserve the knowledge of African American accomplishments and heritage on the island, holding dear the many historic sites and monuments that live on to tell the story in Galveston's midtown.

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Central Island: Where to Stay
Central Island

For those who want a change from hotel chains, Carr Mansion is a wonderful choice for your Galveston getaway. The location can’t be beaten—10 blocks from the Seawall and 13 blocks from the Strand—placing you near all the best things to see and do in town. The restored 19th century Greek Revival mansion offers a bed and breakfast stay in beautifully decorated rooms. Enjoy a complimentary cocktail upon arrival and take a walk in the tranquil gardens.

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Central Island

Dating back to 1887, this historic Galveston Bed & Breakfast offers luxurious accommodations and period details like woodwork, pocket doors, walk-through windows, plaster archways, 14-foot ceilings, stained glass windows, and an impressive main staircase. Along with the exquisite guest rooms, enjoy the lush gardens, expansive parlors, and relaxing front porch.

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6102 Stewart Rd
Galveston, Texas 77550

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3622 85th Street
Galveston, Texas 77554