Address: 10215 FM 762, Richmond, TX 77469
I really didn’t know anything about it before we arrived, but decided to go check it out anyway. What we found out is that it is a working ranch and living history site where visitors follow the story of four generations of a Texas family, starting in the 1820s when the land was first settled.
Now, you may be wondering what the park being called a “living history” site means. The answer is that everything is kept as true to the time period as possible. All of the guides/interpreters dress in costume for the time period that they represent and remain in character. The homes on the property are authentic as well (with some small exceptions like air conditioning to preserve antiques in two of the houses). This gave us a wonderful feeling of being immersed in the history that we were learning.
After leaving the log cabin we moved to the home of Mr. Jones’ daughter Polly Ryon. There Mrs. Ryon gave us a tour of her 1860s home.
Our next stop was the 1890s sharecropper farm. Here we met Uncle Bob who showed us his small farm and entertained the kids with stories. Their favorites were of Sammy the snake and his exploits in the hen house! Near this area was also a small exhibit about how the Ranch’s cattle were moved to markets in the eastern part of the US, including an old rail car that we climbed into.
We had a great time at George Ranch Historical Park. Everyone we met was very friendly and informative, but Mr. Henry Jones at the log cabin and the cowboys had to be our favorites. We spent the better part of a day going through the park and I feel like there is still so much more that we could learn there. It is definitely on our list of places to return to in the near future!