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George Ranch Historical Park

When outsiders think of Texas, they sometimes think of the wild west, and perhaps the most traditional Texas place to visit in the Houston area is the George Ranch Historical Park.

Located in Richmond, Texas just 30 miles southwest of the city, the George Ranch is a 22,000-acre still working ranch. The Historical Park is on 423 of those acres. It is a living history museum dedicated to sharing Texas history from the 1830’s through the 1930’s.

The Park is anchored by four historical sites – the 1830’s, 1860’s, 1890’s and 1930’s –and tells the story of Texas through the eyes of four generations of one Fort Bend County family. Texas history comes to life through costumed interpreters, historical house tours, real cowboys, cattle-working demonstrations and historical meals.

A surprise to visitors? The historical interpreters at the 1860’s site wear seven layers of clothing, just like people on the ranch did then, even in the heat of summer.

The four historic sites are along an approximately 1.25-mile unpaved loop. Visitors can walk the loop or ride on a tractor-driven tram that connects the sites.

The Park has things for both adults and children to do. Adults typically enjoy the historical home tours and the historic lunches. Kids love the hands-on activities, the blacksmith, longhorns, cowboys and the giant treehouse at the 1930’s George Ranch home.

Visitor Tips

Getting to Richmond, Texas from downtown is pretty quick as long as rush hours are avoided. If using GPS, visitors can get more accurate results by entering the name of the park, “George Ranch Historical Park, Richmond Texas” versus using the street address.

Arrive before 1:30 pm. It can take 3 to 4 hours to tour the entire Park. It’s important to dress for the weather, and it is best to wear closed toed shoes for walking on the ranch property. Though there are a few homes at the Park that are climate controlled, most of the historical sites are subject to the weather.

Call ahead to check the times for cowboy/cattle-working shows. It is the best way to see “Tex,” the favorite big Longhorn on site.

A big part of The George Ranch Historical Park is their historic food program. For visitors interested in everything from chuckwagon breakfasts to cooking classes to six-course meals, their website is a great resource for times and reservations.

Want to arrange an escorted group tour? The George Ranch Historical Park offers various packages for a minimum of 15 people, with and without lunch. Call them for details.

George Ranch Historical Park
10215 FM 762 Rd.
Richmond, Texas 77469
(281) 343-0218
http://www.georgeranch.org

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