Stepping Back in Time: Commemorating Texas Independence Day at George Ranch

Stepping Back in Time: Commemorating Texas Independence Day at George Ranch

February 26 2024

Get ready to step back in time as Texas Independence Day is celebrated with grand festivities at the historical George Ranch on March 1st and 2nd, 2024. The two-day event, organized under the expert guidance of Colonel Jack Henry, aims to commemorate the legacy of the Texas Revolution and celebrate the state's vibrant history.

Colonel Jack Henry, the 'Keeper of Traditions,' has been earnest in his efforts to educate people about Texas' past. "Without the Republic of Texas, this state would not be what she is today – one of the strongest states in the union inspiring prosperity where other states are near complete bankruptcy and failure," he remarks, underlying the unique heritage of Texas.

The celebration promises an exciting array of activities that would transport you to the heart of the 1830s era. On Friday, you can expect authentic demonstrations of camp life, including cooking, crafts, and munitions of the period. The schedule for Saturday is equally enticing with the added thrill of 'mustering men into an army,' an opportunity especially envisioned for young enthusiasts.

Colonel Jack explains, "The task in teaching Texas’ history is to convey the facts of the events in the Texas Revolution as well as convey some, as we understand it, of the emotions, sentiments, reasonings, and understandings of those who experienced the Texas Revolution." He has been a part of many other reenactments, like Come and Take It in Gonzales, The Alamo in San Antonio, The Goliad Massacre in Goliad, and several others.

At George Ranch, Colonel Jack has participated in the Runaway Scrape reenactment. As he recalls, following the fall of the Alamo and the Goliad Massacre, Santa Ana’s army was marching towards the Houston area after Sam Houston and the Texian Army. The settlers in the land were running for their lives as the Mexican Army was eliminating any party they deemed a threat.

During the Texas Independence Day celebrations at George Ranch, the symbolic reading of key parts of the Texas Declaration of Independence throughout the day will culminate in salute volleys at 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm to honor various aspects of Texas history like the Alamo, Sam Houston, the Battle of San Jacinto, and other major defining moments.

George Ranch, a cornerstone of Texas history and believed to be the oldest ranches in Texas, will serve as an extraordinary backdrop, enhancing the educational experience of the event. This year, George Ranch is celebrating its 200th anniversary with celebrations scheduled throughout the year.

Colonel Henry emphasizes, "My goal is to teach the facts of Texas’ history (good and bad) so that people understand Texas’ past and how it makes us who we are today." The ranger goes on to share how re-enactments have had a substantial impact on people's understanding and appreciation of Texas' heritage. "We do this re-enacting for fun, but it has a far greater reach in how it impacts people who witness the re-enactments."

So, come and be a part of an unforgettable journey. Experience the essence of being Texan amidst the historical narrative of the George Ranch, the Texas Revolution, and the striking proclamation of independence. To learn more about the festivities, visit the George Ranch website and purchase tickets today.

By Tiffany Krenek, My Neighborhood News 
Tiffany Krenek has been on the My Neighborhood News team since August 2021. She is passionate about curating and sharing content that enriches the lives of our readers in a personal, meaningful way. A loving mother and wife, Tiffany and her family live in the West Houston/Cypress region.

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