A 480-acre living history site with more than 100 years of Texas history, George Ranch offers hands-on experiences and costumed historical interpreters.
The George Ranch's history follows family lines. It all began in 1824 when this was still Mexico and the first American pioneers settled near the Brazos River. In the years since, the ranch has passed through four generations and grown into one of Fort Bend County's landmarks.
Today, the George Ranch is a 23,000-acre working ranch. The family's original "home place" is at the core of the George Ranch Historical Park where, every day, the legends and legacies of those who shaped this place come to life. Authentic locations, historic homes, costumed presenters and a remarkable story of determination and courage set the stage for trekking through Texas history.
The 1830s Jones Stockfarm
Meet the Joneses, the early pioneer family who settled the ranch when this was still part of Mexico. Visit pioneers tending to daily life as they work to create a successful ranch on the Texas Gulf Plain. See a replica pioneer dog-trot-style log cabin with a natural air conditioning system; farm buildings including a barn, smokehouse and chicken coop; Thomas and Jeremiah, the oxen team that works the fields; seasonal crops you can help harvest; livestock (chickens, pigs, horses, etc); Weaving, grinding corn, and other hands-on activities and daily demonstrations.
The 1890s Davis House Complex
Representing the second and third generations, the Davis Mansion (a museum) presents Victorian Texas in all its splendor and the business ventures that sustained that grandeur: The cattle industry is reflected in longhorn pens and an exhibit that guides guests though the process of moving cattle to market and a working chuckwagon; The farming business (after the War Between the States) is reflected in the sharecropper's farm. Drop into the blacksmiths shop and see what the smithy is hammering.
The 1930s George Ranch Complex
The fourth generation, Albert and Mamie George, built their home on the foundation of her ancestors' original home place. In spite of their great wealth, the Georges' home reflects their humble values and strong work ethic. Working cattle was the family's main business and their lives were built around the ranching operations. Visit the barn and tack room and be sure to stop by and see what the cowboys are working on.
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