Travel Through History During Texian Market Days


Travel Through History During Texian Market Days

October 20, 2017

The 34th Annual Texian Market Days, which takes place at the George Ranch Historical Park, is happening again this Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The community festival, presented by (and benefitting) the Fort Bend History Association, is one of the Houston area’s biggest living history events of the year.

Fun for the Whole Family

Bring the whole family to discover more than 150 years of Texas history though historical battle re-enactments, first-person costumed interpreters, cattle demonstrations, historic home tours and vintage vehicles! Texian Market Days also features hands-on activities, live entertainment, old-fashioned games, food, craft vendors and more.

Texian Market Days offers families an affordable and educational weekend immersed in Texas history. The festival takes place annually on the fourth weekend in October and provides an affordable and educational immersion in Texas history. Last year, more than 2,800 people attend the community event on the grounds of the 480-acre George Ranch Historical Park.

From Texians to Texans

As you probably know, Texas has a rich, proud history. The term “Texians” was used for people who were residents of Mexican Texas when it became the Republic of Texas in 1836. Later, in 1845, Texas became part of the United States of America and its residents became known simply as Texans.

During the Market Days, approximately 450 volunteers help attendees travel through 100 years of Texas history broken into four distinct eras: the 1830s, 1860s, 1890s and 1930s.

  • 1830s — Start as a first-generation Texian and travel through time to a pioneer life that includes cotton ginning, cornhusk doll making, and frontier survival. There will be information about early Texas medicine and cavalry demonstrations.
  • 1860s — Visit the Ryon Prairie Home and participate in sack races and soap making. In the open fields, Civil War troops will set up camps and reenact battles.
  • 1890s — The largest historical site at The Davis Mansion features tug-of-war games, vintage baseball games, a medicine show, blacksmith demonstrations and a railcar tour.
  • 1930s — Witness ranch life at the George Cattle Complex. Visit the market, participate in an archeology dig, and see performances from cloggers, square dancers and even a horseback riding drill team.

Tickets On Sale Now

Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for senior citizens, $10 for children ages five to 15, and free for children ages four and under.

The community event is hosted by the Fort Bend County Museum Association, the 501(c)3 non-profit organization that runs the programs at the George Ranch Historical Park, as well as the Fort Bend Museum and DeWalt Heritage Center.