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Spring Break 2017

Spring Break: 100 Years of Ranching and Farming

March 11 and 14-18, 2017 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Spend part of your spring break with us as we explore 100 years of ranching and farming at the George Ranch Historical Park!

1830s Jones Stock Farm

Early Texas ranching wasn’t about the meat, but about the other products derived from cattle in that period. Come explore these products and learn how the first Texas cowboys operated in this new frontier. Featured by-products will vary by day, but will include hide tanning, horn-shaping, jerky-making and fat-rendering throughout the week.

1860s Ryon Prairie Home

Explore the history of brands with this hands-on introduction. Try your hand at wood branding with hot metal brands and then design your own brand using the rules of the era.

1890s Sharecropper Farm

Discover the five essential things needed to grow plants, and then take home a small reminder of what you learned!

1930s George Cattle Complex

Test your rodeo skills on our bucking barrel and learn about the history about the famous bull rider who grew up on the Ranch.

Other Activities & Special Guests:

Note: times will vary. Please call the Visitor Center at 281-343-0218 for a particular day’s schedule of events.

  • Help feed the livestock
  • “Kid” cattle roundup
  • Flying Cowboy Windmill demonstrations
  • Daily cattle drive
  • Blacksmithing demonstrations
  • Treehouse Story Time
  • Goat-milking demonstrations by All We Need Farm
  • Gardening activity with the Fort Bend Master Gardeners
  • Tiny Town Museum Texas ranching memorabilia

These activities and more are available at this fun-filled celebration of the Park’s ranching and farming history! General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages five to 15.

Historic Chuckwagon Lunch

A historic Chuckwagon meal will be offered every day at 12:30 p.m. as a wonderful way to round-out your visit! The menu includes mock “Son of a Gun” beef stew, cowboy beans, Pan D’Campo, biscuits, peach cobbler, tea, water and coffee. Reservations are STRONGLY recommended and can be made by calling 281-343-0218. You can also make reservations online. Price for the meal is $14 for adults and $11 for children. (Discounts apply for members of the Fort Bend County Museum Association.)

For more information, please call 281-343-0218 or email education@georgeranch.org.

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