George Ranch Historical Park, Richmond

The George Ranch Historical Park is a 423-acre living history museum dedicated to preserving and interpreting Texas' rich history. Historic homes, a beautiful country setting and costumed presenters set the stage for trekking through Texas history.
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  • Loved seeing the little houses our ancestors lived in. The furniture was amazing to see. Loved the little church. The stream and the friendly ducks all around. So much to learn from here. Nice afterno...  more »
  • There is so much history here to learn from!! A delightful place to visit!! We saw many things that helped our grandparents to get by in life!!  more »
  • We visited during a busy weekend, but the spread of houses to visit made the crowds a non-issue. In order to appreciate each era of ranch life, it is necessary to take long walks between the sites. Th...  more »
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  • We love everything about this place! Bought a membership so we can come often. So much fun to visit, especially when they do reenactments. The folks in the historic sites are wonderful in character and make learning fun. We've also enjoyed the lunch on the lawn and the various barbecues. What's NOT to love about the George Ranch?
  • Beautiful landscape on a beautiful spring day. Was a self guided walking tour from house to house. We only actually went in 1 house for a tour, my kids are 2 and 5 and lack the patience for that kind of thing. However, we enjoyed the walk and other activities going on. We got a cutting from a plant, fed the chickens, pet baby goats, saw a cattle show, played cattle and Cowboys (tag) with the workers, took a ride on the tram, and the kids got some great souvenirs. Overall, a great trip. We would have stayed longer if the restaurant had been open. We will be back!
  • Great information learned here. The buildings are all spread out though and can be tiring walking from area to area. Not to mention the hot Texas heat.
  • I went to this place due a school field trip, we were a big group of first grade students (Elementary school with a high number of Hispanic students), teachers and a big number of parents-volunteers to assist teachers. Since beginning of trip, you need to enter into the gift shop in order to be able to access facilities, so... gift shop’s staff didn't welcome us properly as other places we have visited where they greet you and make you feel comfortable, they looked at us as if we were stranger who were there to steal something. I understand that we had little children but I can promise that parents and teacher were taking care of those little hands, plus our children know how to respect and honor others. Then a gentleman (playing a English Ranger character) warned everyone that this is not a Chuck e cheese facility or a feeding zoo, stated rules and procedures (at that point- I agreed with that rules because we went there to learn about Texas's history). So, we started the journey each first grade group took separate ways. I confirmed that there is long perimeters for walk, really long, property has pretty good maintenance, you will be able to take pretty photos of big sections of land, amazing cabins with a lot of interesting details, make sure to bring enough water because there is no water fountains (except at gift shop there is one nearby to the bathrooms). If you are bringing children who are not accustomed to walk, make sure to bring stroller or a wagon to carrier them. Then our group have stopped on Mr. George's house, these is a beautiful house filled of interesting details and exciting stories. Unfortunately our tour guide was not friendly, except to the final of tour; when we have stepped outside there is a draw-well that you can use (thanks GOD) to have a little moment of fun. And so, we have stopped to the first cabin whom was occupied by another school group, so we were honoring the group and waiting for our turn, then an Senior woman, whom unfortunately showed that had not been properly trained to deal with elementary students due she didn't have patient; she had asked us to do not talk, do not drink water, do not make any sound with plastic bottles, stay quiet....OMG! We were stand up in the land waiting for our turn not at the church. But ok! We have honored procedures. She started to give us a short description about what we are seeing like an example the cabin's build process. Then our turn came, we were excited about what we would hear, but the gentleman who initially explained to us procedures, turned really rude and ask us - What are you guys looking here? So the teacher apologized and so confused because his reaction said: well! I guess we are here to listen whatever you would like to share with us, Sir! Really rude he said: Well! I don’t know what you want to hear from me, whatever I would like to say, she already told you so?-. At that point I felt really upset and sad because since beginning of trip, the way they treated us was really obvious. Racism... Finally we have stopped in a little white cabin which has chickens and piggy’s, we were greeted by a nice Senior gentleman (A big man, white skin color, long white beard) Whom was the only person in that ranch who treated us with respect, a big smile, courtesy without care of our race or skin color and gave us a lot of information about George Ranch's history, he made us feel well welcome, children and parents agreed that he was the best part of trip. He was properly trained to work with children's group.
  • We had a great time! It was more fun than I expected. Learning about this family and seeing how (well to do) Texans lived through the years was neat.

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