Another Place in Time


Step into the past at the Pierce Ranch House, where discerning clients can experience the legacy of a Texas gulf coast cattleman’s estate. Located just one hour southwest of Houston, on the Pierce Ranch, this residence originated as the headquarters of Abel Head “Shanghai” Pierce, who lived in the house between 1886 and 1900. The story of his cattle empire is well known to students of Texas History. Today, the Pierce Ranch house and its grounds provide an elegant, welcoming retreat for hunters, business groups, and family events. We hope each of our guests will fall in love with the place our family has cherished for five generations.



Hunting Parties

When a group of hunters comes to the Pierce Ranch House, it feels as though they have come to their own private sporting estate. The surroundings, hospitality and amenities provide much more than a place to bunk before an early morning shoot.

Corporate Events

The unique advantage a ranch just sixty miles from Houston is the convenience as well as the complete change of scene. In order to get a group out of its “comfort zone”, or indeed to provide a comfort zone for brainstorming, team building, board or department retreats, The Pierce Ranch House will meet the needs of most small business groups.

Family Gatherings

What better place to celebrate a reunion, birthday, or sporting event than your own private country estate, set in the beauty of the coastal prairie just an hour from the city? While the elegant, updated facilities will make all preparation easy and convenient, the setting will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time, and the grounds will invite all ages to run, swim, and play.


Today’s bride wants to make her wedding one of a kind.  The Pierce Ranch will create that unique experience…. not just a rented venue, but a share in a piece of Texas heritage. With our serene, elegant setting, the wedding party can celebrate in the privacy of the Pierce Ranch house and grounds.