A staple Texas city with a small-town feel and lovely historic buildings
Located within the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area, Richmond is a small city situated along the Brazos River. Named after Richmond, England, the town was first incorporated by the Republic of Texas in 1837. Early Richmond residents include several prominent figures in Texas history, such as Jane Long, also known as the “Mother of Texas”, Erastus “Deaf” Smith, and Mirabeau Lamar, the second President of the Republic of Texas.
Residents enjoy a calm, suburban lifestyle in Richmond. Homes are mostly single-family, with large yards for families to enjoy. You’ll find several styles from classic and Victorian-style architecture, to more contemporary homes. Many Richmond residents live in master-planned communities and neighborhoods and enjoy all the amenities they have to offer.
It’s really in Richmond’s historic downtown area where you’ll experience the true charm of the city. Besides getting to see over 200 years of history through the buildings and architecture, visitors will also want to visit all the cafés, restaurants, and shops. Sandy McGee’s Restaurant & Bar is a local favorite that serves American comfort food as well as handmade cocktails, local craft beer, and fine wines. Get great coffee and tasty breakfast, lunch, and pastries at the family-friendly Blockhouse Coffee & Kitchen, and stay alert for their special events.
If you’re in the mood for a Texas staple, stop by The Swinging Door for fine quality, pecan-smoked barbecue. With everything from brisket, ribs, chicken, turkey, sausage, a variety of sides, to pecan pie, you’ll leave this place happily satisfied.
Looking to treat yourself to some shopping? Some boutiques and shops worth a visit include Vintage Hope Boutique for women’s fashion, Mercy Goods for furniture and decor, and Treasure Hunters Gallery for unique gifts, clothes, shoes, and accessories.
Richmond has several amazing parks where you’ll love to read and wind down, walk the trails, play some sports in the courts and fields, soak in some Vitamin D, and let your children have fun on the playgrounds. Some of the parks also host events throughout the year for families to enjoy. George Park, Wessendorff Park, and Pecan Grove Park are some local favorites, and there’s also Clay Park and Freeman Town Park.
Throughout the year, Richmond residents enjoy several community events. For starters, on the first Friday of each month, there’s the Farmer’s Market at Wessendorff Park, and Movies on Morton downtown, free outdoor movie nights perfect to enjoy with friends and family.
Sit down for a glass of great wine or tasty beer at Braman Winery & Brewery, the first Winery and Brewery under the same roof in Texas. Featuring expansive indoor and outdoor seating, it’s a guaranteed great time. Keep an eye out for their events, which include live music performances and Wine Bingo.
Learn of the history of Richmond by visiting Fort Bend Museum and navigating the historic 1883 John M. and Lottie D. Moore House. The museum has rotating exhibits, guided tours, and themed events. Another site worth visiting is the George Ranch Historical Park, where you’ll get to experience more than 100 years of Texas history, starting in the 1830s up to World War II. Located on a 20,000-acre working ranch, visitors get to tour the historic homes, farms, and complexes. Other relevant historic sites include Long-Smith Cottage, Morton Cemetery, and the 1908 Fort Bend County Courthouse.
Richmond is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
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