George Ranch Historical Park will be closed from August 7, 2022 - September 6, 2022 for updates and repairs. We look forward to seeing you soon!

The George Ranch Blog

11 Feb2020

George Ranch Rodeo: Fred, McCullar & Ben Smith

For more than 100 years, black cowboys played an essential role in Fort Bend County ranching operations. At the George Ranch specifically, four generations of black cowboys worked alongside four generations of the George family, leaving behind a rich legacy of black cowboy heritage that is unique to this part of Texas. This Saturday,...

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11 Feb2020

Five (Awkward) Ways to be More Victorian this Valentine’s Day

By Megan Cromeens, 1860s Ryon Prairie Home Site Lead While the origins of Valentine’s Day can be traced back to the ancient Romans, the holiday wasn’t widely celebrated commercially until near the end of the 19th century. However, this didn’t mean that people in the Victorian era (1837-1901) didn’t take time to socialize or...

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30 Dec2019

New Operational Hours to Take Effect January 21, 2020

Education is the heart of our mission, and we are honored to bring Texas history to life for more than 25,000 school children and their chaperones each year! Starting January 21, 2020, the George Ranch Historical Park will debut a new operational model designed to maximize educational impact in Fort Bend County. This means...

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25 Nov2019

From the Archives: Vintage George Family Christmas Cards

Christmas cards, first introduced in America in 1875, were enormously popular in the 1930s through the 1950s. The following vintage cards come from the Fort Bend History Association’s archives and were sent to and from Mamie and Albert George during that time period. Enjoy this festive walk down holiday card history here at the...

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19 Jun2019

154 years after Juneteenth, discover the stories of African Americans who contributed to early Ranch history

By KRYSTAL WILLEBY Director of Programs On June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, Union General Gordon Granger declared, “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.” This simple act broke the chains of slavery in Texas and changed the...

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05 Apr2019

Newly-Discovered Victorian Cookbook Inspires Changes to Historic Meal Menus

A newly-discovered turn-of-the-century cookbook is bringing some exciting new menu items to the Historic Foodways program at the George Ranch Historical Park. “The Ladies’ Aid Society Cook Book of the Baptist Church” was discovered in the archives of the Fort Bend History Association earlier this year. It likely dates from the 1890s and includes...

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07 Mar2019

Ranch Territory: Cattle Branding in Early Fort Bend County

Early Texas colonists had two options when it came to receiving a land grant. Those who professed to be farmers received a “labor” of land (177 acres). Those who said they were ranchers received a “league” of land (4,428 acres). Though there were wild cattle roaming the Texas prairies during that time, many settlers...

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31 Dec2018

A History of Diversity

Black cowboys at the George Ranch set an early tone for Fort Bend’s diverse character By Steve Nelson Board of Trustees, Fort Bend History Association It’s become a well-known fact, symbolic of recent growth in our area: Fort Bend County is now the nation’s most diverse county. Our mix of residents, while perhaps surprising...

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16 Aug2018

Powering History: A Cowboy Connection at the George Ranch

By Steve Nelson Fort Bend History Association Board of Trustees Cowboys have long been an independent lot. From Buffalo Bill to the Marlboro Man, stoic and self-sufficient are traits often associated with the iconic symbols of the American West. Out at the George Ranch Historical Park, that image is alive and well – fully...

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25 Jun2018

Ranch to be CLOSED on Tuesday, June 26

Due to utility company repairs and upgrades beyond our control, George Ranch Historical Park will be CLOSED on Tuesday, June 26. Please plan to visit us later in the week; we apologize for the inconvenience!

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