Richmond, Texas


In 1822, a group of Austin's colonists went up the Brazos River, stopping near present-day Richmond where they built a fort called "Fort Bend". Named after Richmond, England, the town was among the 19 cities first incorporated by the short-lived Republic of Texas, in 1837.



George Ranch Historical Park - Pigs, horses, cattle, alligators and diamondback rattlesnakes- down in the creek near the gators are some of the things about George Ranch Richmond TX that make it an once-in-a-lifetime experience. The very knowledgeable staff are dressed in period attire and help provide a setting of the way things were 150+ years ago.

There are four historic homes from the 1830s. Each home is beautifully preserved, and the story of how this property ended up being George Ranch Park is quite fascinating. The cowboy demonstration with a story telling chuck wagon cook, is a must see for all ages. There is a tram from one site to another, and the house tours are timed to coincide with the tram.

If you’re hungry, the on-site Dinner Bell Café provides fixins like specialty sandwiches, hamburgers, salads and more. For a more historic experience, schedule a Saturday morning Chuck Wagon Breakfast cooked over the fire and learn the dutch oven cooking techniques of old. If you’re a late riser, try the Historic Lunch or Fireside Dinner and explore 19th century cooking techniques.

The George Ranch Historical Park Richmond TX provides special programs and event all year long. With prices at $10 adults, $9 seniors, $5 children 5-15 and Free for children under 5, it’s a real Texas bargain.

Swinging Door - Since 1973, Richmond TX residents and even the adventurous Houstonians wanting BBQ been making a B-line to the Swinging Door in Richmond TX for some of the best BBQ in the area. They use 100% pecan to smoke the meat and with their reasonable prices, you’ll always feel you got your money’s worth.

The Swinging Door provides good parking, family atmosphere and is large enough for many types of private functions. Located at 3818 FM359, you’ll find it easy to get to from Hwy 90 or Hwy 99.

Fort Bend Museum - Are you interested in information about the history of Fort Bend County? The Fort Bend Museum should be on your short list. Fort Bend was one of the first areas in Fort Bend Museum2Texas to be colonized. Stephen F. Austin’s original 300 families who got land grants settled here and this area. The museum complex includes the Long-Smith Cottage, one of the oldest buildings in Richmond, originally built on property owned by Jane Long, the “Mother of Texas”, containing period furniture and artifacts, and the beautiful neo-classical Moore Home, built in 1883. The grave site of Erastus “Deaf” Smith, Sam Houston’s famous scout and spy, is believed to be located near the museum grounds, and a grave stone and historical marker are located near the Long-Smith house. For those looking for things to do in Richmond TX, start here and then the train museum and the Another Time Soda Fountain in old town Richmond TX.

Paint Until You Faint - Are you kidding? A paint brush in one hand and a glass of wine in the other? Whether painting party it’s girl’s night out, bridal showers, Quinceanera, corporate team building, bachelorette party, couples night, birthday parties or family reunions, you will have a fabulous time, with your best friends, drinking your favorite drinks. You may want to try free style painting, ceramic pottery painting, kid’s art classes or tea parties.


Lamar Consolidated Independent School District is a highly rated, public school district. It has 29,692 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 84% of students are at least proficient in math and 79% in reading.

Jan Gillespie
Jan Gillespie