George Ranch Historical Park

George Ranch Historical Park, Richmond: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, George Ranch Historical Park Reviews: 4.5/5

George Ranch Historical Park

George Ranch Historical Park
4.5
Historic Sites • Educational sites • Ranches
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Welcome to the Ranch! Founded in 1824, the George Ranch Historical Park brings Texas and Fort Bend County history to life through interactive school programming, group tours, special events and Saturday programs for the general public.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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THC1996
32 contributions
Wait till after COVID
Dec 2020 • Family
We have a high risk member of our family. We practice COVID measures very diligently. I was disappointed that only 60-70% of the staff did a good job wearing masks. And maybe 40% of the visitors wore masks. There were many people that obviously never wore masks and some only pretended. I know this is a hard place for their business to be in. But I would not recommend going until after COVID. I would also expect to see more hand sanitizer at different locations. I think it is a great place and very impressed with what they have done. But wearing masks and practicing social distancing is not apparent here. And we have gone to many other places in Houston (Zoo, MFAH, Arboretum, Parks) and it was much better.
Written December 12, 2020
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ViLAU
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Amazing place, great staff !
Nov 2020 • Business
George Ranch Historical park is amazing!
Our company, ViLAU, held an event at their 1930s dance hall venue this past weekend and the staff was absolutely amazing! They were extremely courteous and on top of things with anything we needed or asked for. Our event was a huge success thanks to the George Ranch staff and their absolutely gorgeous gardens and grounds,l; our guests fell so in love with the place they all want to go back and tour the ground sites. We will definitely host our next event at the George Ranch Historical Park because they were very accommodating and the place is absolutely beautiful, rich in history and heritage which aligns well with our company views.
Thank you to everyone at George Ranch Historical Park from everyone at ViLAU!
Written November 9, 2020
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Venture550559
24 contributions
Loved it!!! Informative & fun. Had lunch on the grounds (which I highly recommend... soooo good)
Jul 2019
We went here with a school field trip (which I do NOT recommend) but went back the following weekend as a family (which I highly recommend). We were literally there from 10 am til they closed and ran us off. Even took my aunt and a friend back another time. Had a wonderful time. So much to see, do, learn. The lunch on the grounds could not have been more perfect or delicious. It was a beautiful day when we went. Ate under the shade trees with a nice breeze. I was skeptical of dining here at first but can honestly say the food is truly amazing. Their staff does a great job of portraying the characters and making you believe they truly live there. Definitely recommend if in the Richmond area or looking for a great weekend day trip for the family.
Written May 10, 2020
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hd452016
Tulsa, OK4,045 contributions
Living History Park
Jan 2020
This is a 20,00-acre working ranch which is divided into four time periods of the 1830s, 1860s, 1890s, and 1930s. You will see the Jones Stock Farm, the Ryon Prairie Home, the Davis Victorian Complex and the George Cattle Complex. It would be a good idea to call ahead to see if there are any events being planned on the day of your visit, especially if you want to avoid busloads of school children. YOu can also call ahead for a private tour.
Written February 6, 2020
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ellenbee56
Bechtelsville, PA290 contributions
interesting Texas history
Dec 2019
We visited here one afternoon during our recent trip to explore the Houston, TX, area. We wanted to learn about the history and development of Texas and thought this site would educate us on early ranching and settlement inroads. This was our final place to visit before we flew back home to PA the next day. Fortunately, we visited on a day (the Friday after Thanksgiving weekend) with no class trips (a docent mentioned the previous day was packed with school groups). We (2 senior adults with no children along) were the only people walking the grounds that afternoon and had the house docents all to ourselves. We spent almost four hours here and visited 4 homesteads of related family members living here during different time periods. The docents at the houses were great at explaining the significance of the house and outbuildings. We enjoyed visiting with the blacksmith and seeing his work. A tram circled around the grounds all day transporting visitors from one homestead to another, as sites are spread out quite a bit on the spacious grounds. Unfortunately, we missed the cowboy demonstration due to needing to time a house tour at the opposite side, so we didn’t learn much about ranching at all. We saw a few “living history” activities but probably not the amount they offer during special events or for school groups. Also, we did not see the homesteads in order by age, and that was a bit disorienting.

All in all, we enjoyed this attraction, but I felt the pace to visit here was a bit too leisurely for what we saw. We seemed to spend as much time awaiting trams between homesteads as we spent at each stop (benches at each tram stop would be a nice addition). I was left wishing there was more to see at each site to flesh out the house and its furnishings and residents a bit more. We would have enjoyed a museum with exhibits on Texas history, cattle ranching, the effect of the Civil War on this region, etc. I think that this would nicely supplement the displays they have now and create a more substantive and educational historical park. I understand the former visitor’s center, where they showed an orientation video at least (I might be wrong), was recently damaged by flooding. Hopefully they will get that repaired and reopened ASAP and perhaps include an interpretive exhibit of some sort. Also, a café would be a nice addition here.
Written January 13, 2020
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Eistein F
Katy, TX1 contribution
Excellent introduction to TX history.
Apr 2019
This place is a goldmine if you have visitors and want to give them an introduction to TX history. Excellent guides/actors - it feels like traveling back in time. Highly recommended.
Written January 6, 2020
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joanns612
Richmond, TX10 contributions
Great for Families
Nov 2019 • Friends
The George Ranch Historical Park
Is a great place for the kids to experience history in a fun environment. Enjoy hearing about life As the settlers experienced it. See how a working Ranch is run and what goes into it. Rope cows or experience a
Chuck wagon dinner. There are some historical
Homes on the property for touring.
Written December 15, 2019
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pnkgirl27
Katy, TX3,239 contributions
Saturday
Nov 2019 • Friends
It was a cold Saturday when we visited in hopes of not a lot of people being there. Still about 100+ people visiting with kids. The stables/farm/buildings are well kept and all the employees were super friendly with the exception of the visitor center lady (she was rude when we asked about the military discount by saying "you should have came on Veterans Day instead of today if you were looking for a discount, was very over domineering, and went off on us when we questioned the tour times listed and she quipped that it WAS the weekend and those listed times on the huge board behind the register were not current). Anyway, we walked most of the grounds instead of waiting for the tractor trolley. The blacksmith building and treehouse was a true treat to visit. The gentleman at old prairie home was excellent! Very personable and knowledgeable. I learned so much, such as the temperatures of the iron stove,and could have stayed all day talking with him. Overall, it was a good 3 hour outdoor adventure for us.
Written November 25, 2019
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Jerry E
San Angelo, TX166 contributions
Outstanding exhibit of various eras
Oct 2019
The ranch has exhibits of various eras from the 1800s to mid 1900s. Each era is displayed throughout the park and is very informative and interesting, especially if you're interested in more than one time frame. The exhibits are as authentic as possible, if not the originals themselves. The staff is fantastic in their wardrobe and knowledge of the park and ears they represent.
This is a certain DO NOT MISS if you are anywhere in the Houston, TX area.
Written November 5, 2019
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Duncan O
Bath, UK8 contributions
Hidden Gem
Sep 2019
When we were looking for things to do in Houston, this place doesn't appear on any of the major site and articles and that is a real shame. All the staff are fascinating and exceptionally friendly. The ranch itself is beautiful and it takes you on a journey through the generations. The cattle demonstration was a highlight. All in all, it was a great day and was exceptional value for money.
Written September 28, 2019
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