History comes alive at the 29th annual Texian Market Days festival, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 FM 762 in Richmond.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-15, and can be reserved or purchase at the gate. Children age 4 and under are admitted free.
The family-friendly living history festival is roughly divided into four historical time periods: the 1830s, 1860s, 1890s and 1930s. It features interactive activities, Texas Revolution and Civil War battle reenactments, historic home tours, a wide variety of food and crafts, and plenty of live entertainment.
Get involved in Texian politics and skirmishes of the 1800s, twirl a lasso with real cowboys, and take a spin with Victorian dancers and learn about proper Victorian etiquette; there’s something for folks of all ages.
Early settler life is spotlighted at the 1830s site, where activities include pioneer food demonstrations and activities, Texas Revolution battle skirmishes, and ongoing tours of the “dog-trot” log cabin.
Experience life in post-Civil War Texas at the 1860s site, where Confederate and Union soldiers camp, a Civil War battle is reenacted, Victorian dancing is demonstrated. There’s also historic food tasting, prairie home tours and interactive one-room schoolhouse programs.
Immersing themselves in the Victorian splendor of the 1890s area, visitors can tour the grandiose Davis mansion, watch live blacksmithing demonstrations, walk through the family cemetery, learn to write with quill pens, and be entertained by Dr. Bushrod’s Medicine Show, which has been a Texian Market Days staple since Day One. In addition, the chuck wagon camp is open with food samples hot off the open fire.
The 1930s site features tours of the George family’s original ranching home as well as hands-on activities and the chance to watch actual George Ranch cowboys give cattle-roping and dipping vat demonstrations.
For more information, visit www.texianmarketdays.com or call 281-343-0218.