George Ranch Historical Park hosts unique Father’s Day workshops

Help Dad discover his inner pioneer with a special Father’s Day introduction to blacksmithing class at George Ranch Historic Park on Saturday. Up to four participants a session can join the park’s on-staff blacksmith behind the barrier and get a basic introduction to the art of blacksmithing. These 90-minute workshops cost $30 per person and are a great introduction into this historic art. Call (281) 343-0218 extension 220 to reserve your space. The class will be held at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

With Father’s Day arriving Sunday, the George Ranch Historical Park is offering a unique twist on surviving the great outdoors, geared especially for dads.

On Saturday and Sunday, the park, located at 10215 FM 762 in Richmond, will conduct two classes offered at multiple times. Each class is limited to 30 participants.

The 1830s Frontier Survival Class will take place at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. This class will help Dad find his inner pioneer. Guests can learn the necessary skills for surviving the Texas prairie and help fire off the cannon.

Dads will also have the opportunity to learn skills such as fire making and hide tanning.

“J.R. Thomas, site lead for the 1830s Jones Stock Farm, noticed several years ago that there were typically an abundance of events scheduled for Mother’s Day, and relatively few on Father’s Day,” Marketing Director Jennifer Farrell said. “He created the Father’s Day Frontier Survival class as a way to celebrate Dad and experience Texas history at the same time.”

The Art of Blacksmithing workshop class will take place at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Up to four participants per session can join the blacksmith behind the barrier and get a basic introduction to the art of blacksmithing.

These 90-minute workshops cost $30 per person. Reservations are required in advance. To register for both classes, call 281-343-0218, extension 220.

There will be a Hispanic cultural meal at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Cost for the meal is $15 for visitors ages 13 and older, $12 for children between 5 and 12 and $4 for children 4 and under.

The historical meal is in addition to general admission and complements a historical day on the farm, Farrell noted.

The meal includes chicken pozole, conchinita pibil tamales pie, pollo con mesquite, charro beans, lime-cilantro rice and tres leches cake.

Members of the George Ranch Historical Park staff strongly encourage making reservations ahead of time.

Call 281-343-0218 or email education@georgeranch.org to make reservations.

General admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $5 for children ages 5-15 and free for children ages 4 and under

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