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10215 F M 762
Phone: (281) 545-9212 or (281) 343-0218.
Web site: www.georgeranch.org
The George Ranch Historical Park is a 480-acre living history park, the center point of a 23,000-acre working ranch in Fort Bend County , Texas . The George Ranch is located on FM 762 in Richmond , Texas , just 30 miles southwest of downtown Houston .
A journey through Texas history begins at the George Ranch Historical Park .
Among majestic live-oak trees and prairie grass stands an 1830s pioneer stock farm, an 1860s prairie home, an 1890s chuckwagon and line camp, blacksmith shop and Victorian mansion and an 1930s ranch. At every point along the way, costumed interpreters welcome visitors to these four remarkable periods in Texas history.
The unique history of the Park dates back to the earliest settlement of southeast Texas in the 1830s and spans four generations of one family. Shaped by lineage and inheritance, this particular parcel of land passed through four generations from mother to daughter (hence the Ranch’s changing name). The last family members to own and operate the property were Mamie and A. P. George. Their one son, Davis George, died of cholera as a young child, leaving no direct heirs. In 1945, A.P. and Mamie George created the George Foundation to manage the estate.
Today this philanthropic foundation still manages the family lands and continues to follow Mr. and Mrs. George’s wishes by using the assets to benefit Fort Bend County . The George Foundation has funded several local libraries, the YMCA, Polly Ryon Hospital and a large portion of the observatory at Brazos Bend State Park . Also, most major universities and colleges in Texas receive scholarship and low-interest loan money from the George estate.
In 1986, the George Foundation asked the Fort Bend County Museum Association to open the George Ranch Historical Park to educate visitors of all ages about Texas ’ ranching heritage. Today it is open daily to the general public, and the George Ranch's staff present specialized school programs to nearly 30,000 school children every year. The George Ranch Historical Park facilities are available for site rentals for special corporate and group events. All funds generated from operation of the Park support educational programs and services.
The George Ranch Historical Park ’s costumed interpreters introduce visitors to more than 100 years of Texas history. The 1830s Jones Stock Farm site presents early settlement by American families and their fight for independence from Mexico; the 1860s Ryon Prairie Home depicts live during and after the Civil War; the 1890s Davis Victorian Complex reflects the splendor of the early 1900s and Texas’ changing agricultural economy of 1890s; and the 1930s George Cattle Complex tells the stories of land and cattle management, the Depression and discovery of oil.
Each Saturday, the chuckwagon cook offers and authentic historic meal at one of the historic sites. Reservations are required, so call (281) 343-0218 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
In addition to special celebrations of Easter, Fourth of July, and the holidays, events include the Runaway Scrape, the first weekend in April. The Scrape recreates the trials of the Jones family during the Texians ' fight for independence from Mexico in the 1830s.
Fall brings the Texian
Market Days festival. Begun in 1983, Texian
Market Days celebrates 180 years of Texas ’ history.
Whether you’re a new Texan, a visitor to our great state, or your Lone
Star lineage is as old and proud as our independence, we invite you to
join our celebration.
With re-enactors, re-enactments, arts, crafts, children’s activities and live entertainment, there’s something for everyone!
As South Texas begins settling in for the holiday season, the George Ranch Historical Park hosts the Campfire Christmas, an evening event around campfires that features dining, traditional music and the lulling of horse-drawn hay wagons all under a Texas ' night sky.
Every day 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Major holidays excepted .)
Seniors (62+): $8.00
Children 5 to 15: $5.00
Children 4 and under: FREE
Enjoy lunch at the Dinner Belle Café and shop in the Dry Creek General Store where visitors can find gifts with a Texas flair.
The George Ranch
Historical Park is located at 10215 FM 762 in Richmond , Texas . From
Houston , take Highway 59 (the Southwest Freeway) south to the Crabb River Road exit and follow the signs to
the Ranch. Or from I-10 (the Katy Freeway) take the Grand Parkway
(Highway 99) to the Crabb River Road exit
and follow the signs.
For more information about the George Ranch Historical Park call (281) 343-0218 or visit http://www.georgeranch.org
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