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Texas Heritage Trails Program

Sarita: Kenedy Ranch Museum


The Kenedy Ranch Museum is a perfect place to learn about the cultural and industrial heritage of South Texas. Mifflin Kenedy and Richard King were business partners who were significantly involved in ranching, railroads, land development and oil. Richard King’s Ranch is perhaps the more well-known and still includes ranching among its many enterprises. The Kenedy Ranch that once covered 400,000 acres, now contains 230,000 acres, is operated by the John C. and Marie Stella Kenedy Memorial Foundation, and is dedicated to conservation and enhancement of wildlife habitat.

Operating as part of the Foundation, the museum is located inside the beautifully restored building of the Kenedy Pasture Company in Sarita, 20 miles south of Kingsville. Its stories include the generational history of the Kenedy family, including Sarita Kenedy East, the town’s namesake, and the pivotal roles of vaqueros and the Catholic Church in the development of the area, along with the broader history of the region. The story murals that cover the museum’s interior walls provide a marvelous enhancement to this already compelling narrative. The artist, Daniel Lechón, was born in Mexico and was strongly influenced by some of the great muralists of the time including Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and Alfredo Zalce.

Tour the South Texas Museum and hear the story of three generations of Kenedys that played such an important role in South Texas history and whose lasting legacy of philanthropy continues to benefit Texans today.

Watch the video below to learn more about the Hispanic influence on ranching in Texas.  This video was produced for inclusion in the Hispanic Texans mobile tour, more information about which may be found on our Hispanic heritage page at the following link: http://texastimetravel.com/travel-themes/main-hispanic-heritage


Location

  • 200 East La Parra Ave
  • Sarita, Texas
  • 78385

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Hours & Fees

  • Tueday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

  • Adult: $3, Seniors and Ages 13-18: $2, Ages 12 and under: Free


Map & Directions

The museum is located in the town of Sarita, slightly more than 20 miles south of Kingsville, and just off U.S. Highway 77. Driving south, turn right at the flashing yellow light in Sarita. The museum is on the right, immediately to the east of the Kenedy County Courthouse.


 

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Read more about Sarita, Texas in the Handbook of Texas Online.