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Historic games, egg hunt, bonnet contest and more set for Old-Fashioned Easter celebration

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RICHMOND – Have an old-fashioned Easter at the George Ranch Historical Park this Saturday! Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., special Easter activities will be ongoing at each of the four historic sites:

1830s Jones Stock Farm: Play a rousing game of egg pocking while learning about pioneer life in the Texas spring. “Egg pocking is actually a southern Louisiana tradition,” said Director of Programs Krystal Willeby. “It’s a game where two participants ‘pock’ (or tap) hard-boiled eggs. The first person to break his or her egg loses!” Visitors will also be able to play a game of Battledore & Shuttlecock (a forerunner of today’s badminton game).

1860s Ryon Prairie Home: Learn about natural egg dyes that would have been used in the Civil War era, such as red cabbage leaves and onion peel. The artificial PAAS dyes used today were not sold commercially until 1880, Willeby said. Ongoing Hoops and Sticks games will also be played in the yard all day long.

1890s Davis Victorian Mansion: Guests will be able to create and take home their very own Victorian Easter card. “The turn of the century saw a rise of sending Easter cards to friends and family,” Willeby said. “Even today, Easter remains the fourth most popular holiday to send cards.” Tour the original family mansion and play a game of Graces under the giant oak trees in the front yard.

1930s George Home and Cattle Complex: Enjoy Easter egg hunts with real hard-boiled eggs in the yard of the 1930s George Home! Hunts will take place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., followed by a post-hunt Bonnet Contest at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. So be sure to wear your best hat! Another don’t miss activity: the George Ranch cowboys will give cattle roping, sorting and dipping vat demonstrations at 10:30 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.

Historic Easter Luncheon:

A special 1860s Easter luncheon will be held at 12:30 p.m. at the 1860s Ryon Prarie Home. Menu includes split pea and bacon soup, Scotch eggs, smoked ham and homemade pan gravy, roasted lamb and mint sauce, mashed potatoes, seasoned green beans, roasted carrots, parsnips and onions, rolls, hot cross buns, carrot cake, chocolate egg baskets and beverages. Cost for the barbecue is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors (62+), $12 for children ages five to 15 and $4 for children four and under.

General Information:

The Park is located at 10215 FM 762 in Richmond. General admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $5 for children ages five to 15. Children four and under are free. For more information, visit www.georgeranch.org or call 281-343-0218.

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