George Ranch Historical Park

George Ranch Historical Park

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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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.
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Venture550559
39 contributions
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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ViLAU
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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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SC_76820
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Jun 2022
George Ranch Historical Park is first rate venue for an event or to visit. The staff is very professional and knows how to take care of any size group. The activities such as the Jones Stock Yard and herd care was great and memorable. I look forward to going to back.
Written July 7, 2022
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ellenbee56
Bechtelsville, PA598 contributions
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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THC1996
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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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hd452016
Tulsa, OK4,035 contributions
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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globeseeker007
globeseeker0073,295 contributions
This is a great way for the entire family to spend a day. Admission is $9.00 for adults and is worth the price. This ranch dates back to the early 19th century and there is a lot to see. There's even a snack bar on the grounds where one can have lunch. Among the things to see are a Victorian mansion, prairie house, blacksmith shop, and treehouse, the latter being a paradise for kids who like to climb. There's even a demonstration given by cowboys on how to herd cattle in and out of a pen. This place contains a lot of western history and is a great way to spend a day. Everyone will enjoy it.
Written December 19, 2008
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TravelNazi126
Houston, TX223 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
About 30 miles outside of downtown Houston, sits the George Ranch Historical Park - there are several homes on the tour, starting with a replica dog-trot cabin. Chronicling the lives of Mamie and Albert George each house tells a portion of their legacy. A tractor pulled trailer with seating is available between each location, but the walking is pleasant if you are able. The doscent's knowledge and period costume dressing varies widely between sites. Cowboys and cowgirls give roping and other demonstrations. Picnic tables are available for picnics and there is a small gift shop.
Written January 14, 2018
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DelawareLA
Houston, TX30 contributions
Nov 2016 • Friends
If you like history and/or if you're curious about life styles and habits of a bygone era, you will enjoy the ranch. There are four homes on the ranch, representing lifestyles of different generations; there is also an actual blacksmith who is very knowledgeable about his craft. Some of the "workers" are in period costumes to authenticate their roles. The homes are a display of generational artifacts of the original owners, the George family.

There is some walking involved and/or you can take the tractor/trolley around the ranch; the trolley periodically stops at each home.

There are some animals on the ranch and some of the homes have tour guides who were well versed.

There is a fee to enter; senior rates do apply. Group pricing is available if you book in advance.
Written November 3, 2016
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Jon L A
Sugar Land, TX56 contributions
Feb 2015 • Family
I just love this park. The owners have preserved four different settings from four time periods in local Texas history and they present them to visitors in ultra-realistic reenactment format. The houses themselves are beautifully restored. Then, the cowboy features are authentic and hands on. The grounds of the current residents' house are free for you to roam, and they're very quaint and peaceful. There's an on site gift store that also serves small snacks and ice cream. If you want a larger meal, you'll need to bring a picnic.
Written February 22, 2015
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