George Ranch Historical Park, a “living history museum that tracks four generations of one family over one hundred years of Texas history,” has its yearly celebration for Texas Independence Day this week, but instead of just being available to for schools to visit, this time it will be open to the public on Saturday, March 2.
The celebration begins at the Jones Stock Farm (circa 1822), then move onto the Ryon Prairie Home (1860s), the Davis Victorian Mansion (1890s), the sharecropper’s house, and the George Cattle Ranch (1930s). Over 100 years of history will be covered, letting both children and adults learn about how Texas grew and changed by looking at a single family and its many changes. There are tours of the homes, demonstrations of cattle-working, and a functional blacksmith shop.
George Ranch Historical Park is great for wandering through if you have comfortable shoes, but they do also offer covered transportation from location to location within the park. In addition, there is a small diner with sandwiches and drinks. The gift shop has a number of items for both children and adults that are related to Texas and Texas history.
The park is open from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m., and admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $5 for children from five to 15, and free for children four and under.
They are located about 30 miles southwest of Houston. From Houston, take 59 South to Grand Parkway/Hwy 99. Turn left at the traffic light on FM 2759, Crabb River Road. The entrance to the park is six miles down the road on the right.
For more information, visit their website at http://www.georgeranch.org/