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George Ranch Historical Park: Corporate Events with a Texas Twang
Relax under centuries-old oak trees and enjoy an authentic Texas experience at the George Ranch Historical Park.

Located just 30 minutes southwest of Houston, the Park is a serene country setting for any corporate gathering, meeting or team-building event. The Park boasts three historic venues, a picnic pavilion, a 63,000-square-foot arena and virtually unlimited open outdoor space.

“Our facilities have a rustic charm that you just can’t find anywhere else,” said Corporate Sales and Events Manager Kristi Farquar. “Clients love the true Texas atmosphere and always have so much fun out here at the Ranch.”

Custom event packages ensure that everyone gets a unique and personalized experience at the George Ranch Historical Park. Companies can easily combine traditional business meeting elements with fun Ranch-based team-building activities. Day meetings can flow into a high-spirited evening Fandango where guests enjoy a hearty barbecue dinner at the Chuck Wagon site and participate in activities such as branding and lassoing around the cowboy campfire. A private rodeo can entertain out-of-town clients with some classic Western fun and company picnics are perfect under the open-air pavilion with its adjacent two-acre yard.

“We can even privately book the entire Historical Park to a group wanting to explore Texas history,” Farquar said.

The George Ranch Historical Park is a 480-acre living history site featuring four specific eras in Texas history: the 1830s, 1860s, 1890s and 1930s. Costumed interpreters interact with visitors and demonstrate what life was like from the early pioneer days through the Great Depression. During regular operating hours, guests can help the pioneers complete their chores for the day, watch the blacksmith work in his shop, tour the historic homes and twirl a lasso with the George Ranch cowboys. The George Ranch Historical Park is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Day admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages five through 15.

While special accommodations can be made to host a gathering at one of the four main historic sites, most corporate events are held at the versatile Guy Lodge Hall. Built in 1911, the Hall features wooden floors, stenciled walls and a punched tin ceiling. It also has a built-in stage and will seat approximately 175 people. For more intimate gatherings, the adjacent Beasley Post Office also features wooden floors and can comfortably seat about 40 people. It was built at the turn of the 20th century and “is great for luncheons, small meetings or as an overflow building to the Guy Lodge Hall,” Farquar said. The Park also has a beautiful south yard area featuring centuries-old oak trees, a historic chapel and outdoor gazebo. Finally, the 63,000-square-foot indoor arena can be used for rodeos, dinners, dances or trade shows for up to 2,500 people.

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