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What to Expect at 2013 Texian Market Days

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Texian Market Days will return for its 30th year on Saturday, October 26. Visitors of all ages are sure to enjoy this celebration of Texas heritage at the George Ranch Historical Park, located at 10215 FM 726 in Richmond, Texas.

Experience over 100 years of Texas history in one day with a wide variety of things to see and do, including hands-on activities, battle reenactments, historic demonstrations, historic music and games, house tours at each of the four historic sites, and an assortment of food and craft vendors throughout the park.

The 1830s Jones Stock Farm will be showcasing the Texas Revolution era with the Texians reenacting their battle for independence from the Mexican Soldados. Guests are invited to explore the Texian and Soldado camps and visit with re-enactors to learn more about the lives of these soldiers. Plus, historic weaponry will be on display for all to see. 101023-15292629-8The Jones Family will be inviting all passers-by to take a look inside the dog-trot cabin, meet the livestock, learn how to make corn husk dolls and watch a pioneer food demonstration.

Across the field at the 1860s Ryon Prairie Home, see skirmishes between the Union and Confederate troops, feel the boom and smell the black powder hanging in the air with a cannon demonstration, and learn about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War.Soldiers 3

Take a tour of the Ryon Prairie Home to gain a better understanding of civilian life with volunteer interpreters highlighting soldiers’ aid and care packages. Learn how to quilt, participate in a one-room school house experience, and try your hand at old-fashioned laundry techniques.

Located behind the Ryon Home, Cookie’s Chuckwagon will feature historic cooking methods used on the cattle drives. Learn about the origin of the Chuckwagon and how vital it became to the success of the cattle drives101023-11283528-8

Cross Dry Creek and enter the expansive 1890s site, which includes the sharecropper’s farm, blacksmithshop, railcar, cowboy line camp, and the Davis Victorian Mansion. Take a tour of the house to learn the history of the Davis Family, and experience Victorian life with demonstrations of Victorian dances and lessons in tea and fan etiquette.

In the open field beside the Mansion, vintage baseball games will alternate with performances by The Tanners of the famous Dr. Bushrod’s Medicine Show, performing for their 30th year, in the shade of the nearby ancient oaks.Before venturing to the 1930s George Cattle Complex, guests are encouraged to stop by the variety of food and craft vendors along the outskirts of the 1890s site and throughout the 1930s site.

The Fort Bend Museum Docents will be hosting tours of the 1930s George Home, and the Fort Bend Archeological Society invite visitors to get their hands dirty in a real archeological dig in the lawn. Around the back of the George House is the garage, where visitors can get a rare glimpse at a variety of antique vehicles, including the Park’s 1927 Model T.


Stop by the Bachelor House to listen to classic cowboy tunes and learn about the life of the single cowboy in the 1930s. Then, see a cowboy show at the pens, followed by a cattle hygiene lesson at the dipping vat.

Guests are encouraged to arrive early on October 26 for the 30th annual Texian Market Days because there is so much to see and do! Tickets are just $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-15, and children under 4 years old are free. For more information for guests, sponsors, volunteers and vendors, visit or call George Ranch Historical Park’s Visitors Center at (281) 343-0218 x0.