A visit to the George Ranch Historical Park in Richmond, Texas follows the history of family ranch living beginning in 1824 when Texas was still considered a part of Mexico. Texan pioneers camped and settled on land near the Brazos River. The Ranch, being passed down four generations, has become a popular Fort Bend County landmark.
The George Ranch is still a 23,000 acre working ranch. The original family home is at the center of the George Ranch Historical Park. The legends of the families who worked the ranch come to life each day. The park tour includes several building locations, homes, and features costumed reenactment players who present stories of Texas history to the guests. Many of the historic buildings owned by the museum association are reported to be active with tales of strange occurrences. One of the directors said she feels the presence of many spirited pioneers as she walks the grounds and visits the buildings.
Guests are welcome to take a walking tour of this huge complex which features a visit to one of the earliest settlements of Northeast Mexico—the Henry and Nancy Jones Homestead. A favorite stop is the old Sharecropper’s farm and the old salvaged frame house and out buildings.
Another popular location is the beautiful Davis Victorian Mansion. This home is furnished in the style of the 1890’s and the building this writer encountered a George Ranch ghost. I had walked upstairs and was filming the bedrooms with my camcorder. I paused to take a look at all of the antique furnishings in one of the children’s bedrooms. I was all alone in this particular room. Suddenly, someone unseen pinched my left upper arm. It was a playful pinch but stung just the same. I looked down and rubbed a small red welt forming at the location of the pinch.
The downstairs kitchen has been known to be active area with a bit of poltergeist activity. One of the cooks of the house was hot tempered and didn’t like anyone tramping about her kitchen. Guides and guests have heard pots and pans banging or items rearranged.
The family cemetery is also on the grounds. Graves range from 1820 with the last burial held in 1916. The later generations of the family were buried in historic Morton Cemetery in Richmond, Texas. It is a great place to have a picnic and share the day with the resident ghosts.
If you go:
The George Ranch Historical park is located 30 miles SW of downtown Houston. From Houston take US 59 South…Exit Grand Parkway/Highway 99…Turn left (south) at the traffic light on Crabb River Road FM 2759…The park’s main entrance is located 6 miles down the road on your right.
Park hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm except major holidays. Call for current schedule and admission prices.
George Ranch Historical Park
10215 FM 762
Richmond, TX 77469