Discover more than 100 years of Texas ranching history at the George Ranch Historical Park, a 480-acre living history museum situated on a real working ranch. Located just 30 miles southwest of downtown Houston, the George Ranch Historical Park’s history follows the lineage of one Texas family from the 1830s through the 1930s. Tour four different historic home sites, interact with the costumed interpreters, watch the cowboys rope and sort cattle and more.
The 1830s Jones Stock Farm:Embark on a trip through history with a visit to one of the earliest settlements of Southeast Spanish Texas: the Henry and Nancy Jones homestead. Marvel at the early tales of Texas and wander through the log cabin, gardens, barns and outdoor kitchen.
The 1860s Ryon Prairie Home: Discover life in post-Civil War Texas with a visit to the home of Polly Ryon and her husband William during the 1860s. Learn about this remarkable second generation story amidst a time of both great struggle and great change in both Texas and the United States as you tour the 1851 Greek Revival home, the chuckwagon camp, gardens and outbuildings.
The 1890s Davis Victorian Mansion: Explore the waning days of the 19th century in the Victorian splendor of the 1890s Davis Mansion. Learn about the third generation of the family by touring the original Davis home, then complete the tour by visiting “Uncle Bob” at the sharecropper farm and watching a blacksmith work his trade in the working blacksmith shop.
The 1930s George Ranch Complex: A.P. and Mamie George were the last generation to oversee this ranching operation. Listen to the last chapter of this amazing family story and explore the original family home, watch the cowboys sort and rope the cows and run them through the dipping vat – and don’t forget to take a ride on the bucking barrel.