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Presidio La Bahia - "Where History Comes Alive"

Click here for lodging when visiting Presidio La Bahia and Goliad

  2015
 
 

Summer/Fall 2015-
Wayback Wednesdays
The history of Presidio La Bahia is brought to life every Wednesday from 9-4 during the months of June, July and August.

Are you looking for something special to do during summer vacation? If so, plan a trip to Presidio La Bahia and get in on Wayback Wednesdays!

Visit with living historians as they bring the past to life and explore little known stories from the Presidio's early days. Learn about the daily life of a presidial trooper stationed on the frontier of Spanish Texas. Explore the stone walls and battlements of the old presidio and when you're done there, duck inside for a look at our museum and the wonderful collection of artifacts from the 1700 and 1800s. It's fun for the whole family so come on out and spend the day at Texas's only fully restored Spanish Presidio!

Dress for the weather as this event takes place out of doors. Admission is $4 for adults, $3.50 for seniors, $1 for children 6-11, under 6 are free.


WHEN: Every Wednesday in June, July and August, 2015
WHERE: Presidio La Bahia 217 Loop 71 Goliad, TX 77963
TIMES: 9:00AM-4:00PM
CONTACT: Scott McMahon
EMAIL: smcmahon.presidiolabahia@gmail.com
PHONE: 361 645-3752
 
 

 

 

A Day in the Life of the Presidio

Join Living Historians on September 12th as they bring to life the daily routine of Spanish soldiers stationed on the frontier of Texas.

What was it like living at a presidio on the far Northern Frontier of Spanish Mexico? What did the soldiers posted to these frontier outposts wear? What did they eat? What sort of daily chores occupied their time?

Learn the answer to these questions and more as we bring Presidio La Bahia to life circa 1790-1810! Join us as living historians dressed in period clothing occupy the presidio as soldiers would have over 200 years ago. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the interpreters, ask questions and immerse themselves in the daily life of a Spanish presidial garrison of the Eastern District of the Internas Provincias.

Dress for the weather as this event takes place out of doors. Admission is $4 for adults, $3.50 for seniors, $1 for children 6-11, under 6 are free.

WHEN: September 12th, 2015
WHERE: Presidio La Bahia 217 Loop 71 Goliad, TX 77963
TIMES: 9:00AM-4:45PM
CONTACT: Scott McMahon
EMAIL: smcmahon.presidiolabahia@gmail.com
PHONE: 361 645-3752



 
     

Escuela de Soldado 1836

Join reenactors on September 19th as they gather to hone their skills in the manual of arms and fine tune their marching abilities.

The regular army of the Republic of Mexico drilled on a daily basis so that their soldiers where ready for action when called upon. The volunteer militias of the period mustered on a regular basis so that they were proficient in the case that they were needed. Today, Reenactors strive for the same ease under arms that those soldiers they are portraying exhibited.

Join reenactors as they come together at Presidio La Bahia to knock the rust off and hone their skills for the coming reenactment season. Visit with soldiers of Santa Anna's army or join in and see how you might fare as a soldado serving during the Texas Campaign!

Dress for the weather as this event takes place out of doors. Admission is $4 for adults, $3.50 for seniors, $1 for children 6-11, under 6 are free.

WHEN: September 19th, 2015
WHERE: Presidio La Bahia 217 Loop 71 Goliad, TX 77963
TIMES 9:00AM-4:45PM
CONTACT: Scott McMahon
EMAIL: smcmahon.presidiolabahia@gmail.com
PHONE: 361 645-3752




 
 
 

Winter 2015/16-

Christmas Rendezvous and Trade Fair
On the first Saturday of December period craftsmen, artisans and reenactors will gather on the grounds of Presidio La Bahia to bring history to life!

Since time immemorial people have gathered together to trade ideas, news and the labor of their hands. Modern times have changed very little and once again, people will gather together at Presidio La Bahia to trade the crafts and wares they have made and collected in a 21st century adaptation of the ancient trade fair!

Take the day and visit Presidio La Bahia and browse the trade blankets and sutlers tents for unique Christmas gifts for that special person on your list!

Dress for the weather as this event takes place out of doors. Admission is $4 for adults, $3.50 for seniors, $1 for children 6-11, under 6 are free.

WHEN: December 5th, 2015
WHERE: Presidio La Bahia 217 Loop 71 Goliad, TX 77963
TIMES: 9:00AM-4:45PM
CONTACT: Scott McMahon
EMAIL: smcmahon.presidiolabahia@gmail.com
PHONE: 361 645-3752
       
 

2016

       
     

Ft. Defiance Garrison 
Crossroads of Texas Living History Association comes together February 7th at Presidio La Bahia to recreate Col. Fannin's early days at Presidio La Bahia.

Anyone familiar with the Texian War for Independence is aware of Goliad. Most know about the Battle of Coleto Creek, Fannin's surrender and subsequent massacre at the hands of the Mexican Army but how many know about the day to day life of Fort Defiance and the garrison posted there?

Join reenactors from Captain Shackelford's Company of Alabama Red Rovers for an opportunity to witness the chores, drill and daily routine of the garrison of Fort Defiance as it would have been in February of 1836. Visit the camps, interact with the reenactors and take your turn standing guard alongside of the men of the Red Rovers as they bring the garrison of Fort Defiance to life!

Dress for the weather as this event takes place out of doors. Admission is $4 for adults, $3.50 for seniors, $1 for children 6-11, under 6 are free.

WHEN: January 9th, 2016
WHERE: Presidio La Bahia 217 Loop 71 Goliad, TX 77963
TIMES: 9:00AM-4:45PM
CONTACT: Scott McMahon
EMAIL: smcmahon.presidiolabahia@gmail.com
PHONE: 361 645-3752
 
 

 

 

El Soldado de Mexico

Join reenactors on January 16th as they recreate elements of Santa Anna's army circa 1836.

Santa Anna marched at the head of an army that had recently stamped out the beginnings of a revolution in the interior of Mexico. That army crossed the Rio Bravo in the winter of 1836 with the mission of putting down the revolution that was brewing in Texas. Contrary to popular myth, the Army of the Republic of Mexico was made up of professional soldiers, many of whom were seasoned veterans by 1836. They wore uniforms that rivaled those seen on European battlefields and marched, fought and carried themselves with the same dignity and esprit d’corps as their European counterparts.

Join Primer Battallon as they make camp at Presidio La Bahia and garrison the fort as the Mexican Army did in 1836. Visit with the officers and men of the unit as they go about their daily routines. Immerse yourself in what life was like on campaign in the sometimes brutal conditions experienced in the winter and spring of 1836.

Dress for the weather as this event takes place out of doors. Admission is $4 for adults, $3.50 for seniors, $1 for children 6-11, under 6 are free.

WHEN: January 16th, 2016
WHERE: Presidio La Bahia 217 Loop 71 Goliad, TX 77963
TIMES: 9:00AM-4:45PM
CONTACT: Scott McMahon
EMAIL: smcmahon.presidiolabahia@gmail.com
PHONE: 361 645-3752
 
 

 

 

The Green Flag of Gutierrez and Magee
Join Living Historians on February 6th as they bring history to life with an encampment depicting the 1812 Spanish siege of Presidio La Bahia.

Everyone has heard of the Texian War for Independence fought in 1835 and 36, but how many know of the push to make Texas independent in 1812-13?

Join us as we explore the “first Texas revolution” led by Bernardo Gutierrez de Lara and Augustus William Magee, over twenty years before the famous campaign of 1836! Learn about the motives behind Gutierrez and Magee’s attempt at wresting Texas from Spanish control and how it mirrored events taking place in Mexico City and even San Antonio. Visit with living historians dressed and equipped as men under the command of Gutierrez and Magee and those of the Spanish Army and immerse yourself in this forgotten period of Texas history!

Dress for the weather as this event takes place out of doors. Admission is $4 for adults, $3.50 for seniors, $1 for children 6-11, under 6 are free.

WHEN: February 6th, 2016
WHERE: Presidio La Bahia 217 Loop 71 Goliad, TX 77963
TIMES: 9:00AM-4:45PM
CONTACT: Scott McMahon
EMAIL: smcmahon.presidiolabahia@gmail.com
EMAIL: 361 645-3752

 
 
 

Spring 2016-

Goliad Massacre and Living History Program
Reenactors and Living Historians from across Texas gather at Presidio La Bahia to recreate the final days of Col. Fannin's command. 

Join us for the 30th Annual Goliad Massacre and Living History Program and Candlelight Tour. Take a stroll through the camps of both the Mexican and Texian armies and visit with reenactors as they go about their daily activities. Grab a front row seat for one of the battle reenactments that take place in front of Presidio La Bahia. Stay over and immerse yourself in the turbulent times surrounding Fannin and his men with the candlelight tours Saturday evening. And finally, be sure to come back out Sunday to witness a recreation of the final days of Fannin's men followed by a memorial at the Fannin Monument.

Dress for the weather as this event takes place out of doors. Admission is $4 for adults, $3.50 for seniors, $1 for children 6-11, under 6 are free. Candlelight Tour tickets are an additional $2 and must be purchased the day of the event.

WHEN: April 2nd & 3rd, 2016
WHERE: Presidio La Bahia 217 Loop 71 Goliad, TX 77963
TIMES: 9:00AM-4:45PM
CONTACT: Scott McMahon
EMAIL: smcmahon.presidiolabahia@gmail.com
PHONE: 361 645-3752
 
 
 

19th Century Trades Day
Living Historians gather at Presidio La Bahia on May 14th to demonstrate the skills and crafts that were needed for daily life in 19th century Texas.

Have you ever stopped to think about where our clothing comes from? How about where our furniture or household appliances come from? Now that you're thinking about that, travel back in time to the first half of the 19th century and ponder where our ancestor's clothing, furniture and other household items came from.

Join living historians and period craftsmen and women as they bring to life the trades of days gone past. Visit with these artisans as they recreate common items used by 19th century Texians and Tejanos on a daily basis. Learn that not all of the various goods required for survival in Colonial and Republic era Texas were made at home and that many a rugged frontiersman purchased the things they deemed necessary for day to day existence.

Dress for the weather as this event takes place out of doors. Admission is $4 for adults, $3.50 for seniors, $1 for children 6-11, under 6 are free.

WHEN: May 14th, 2016
WHERE: Presidio La Bahia 217 Loop 71 Goliad, TX 77963
TIMES: 9:00AM-4:45PM
CONTACT: Scott McMahon
EMAIL: smcmahon.presidiolabahia@gmail.com
PHONE: 361 645-3752
 

     

Summer/Fall 2016-

Wayback Wednesdays
The history of Presidio La Bahia is brought to life every Wednesday from 9-4 during the months of June, July and August.

Are you looking for something special to do during summer vacation? If so, plan a trip to Presidio La Bahia and get in on Wayback Wednesdays!

Visit with living historians as they bring the past to life and explore little known stories from the Presidio's early days. Learn about the daily life of a presidial trooper stationed on the frontier of Spanish Texas. Explore the stone walls and battlements of the old presidio and when you're done there, duck inside for a look at our museum and the wonderful collection of artifacts from the 1700 and 1800s. It's fun for the whole family so come on out and spend the day at Texas's only fully restored Spanish Presidio!


Dress for the weather as this event takes place out of doors. Admission is $4 for adults, $3.50 for seniors, $1 for children 6-11, under 6 are free.

WHEN: Every Wednesday in June, July and August, 2016
WHERE: Presidio La Bahia 217 Loop 71 Goliad, TX 77963
TIMES: 9:00AM-4:00PM
CONTACT: Scott McMahon
EMAIL: smcmahon.presidiolabahia@gmail.com
PHONE: 361 645-3752
 
     

A Day in the Life of the Presidio

Join Living Historians on September 10th as they bring to life the daily routine of Spanish soldiers stationed on the frontier of Texas.

What was it like living at a presidio on the far Northern Frontier of Spanish Mexico? What did the soldiers posted to these frontier outposts wear? What did they eat? What sort of daily chores occupied their time?

Learn the answer to these questions and more as we bring Presidio La Bahia to life circa 1790-1810! Join us as living historians dressed in period clothing occupy the presidio as soldiers would have over 200 years ago. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the interpreters, ask questions and immerse themselves in the daily life of a Spanish presidial garrison of the Eastern District of the Internas Provincias.

Dress for the weather as this event takes place out of doors. Admission is $4 for adults, $3.50 for seniors, $1 for children 6-11, under 6 are free.

WHEN: September 10th, 2016
WHERE: Presidio La Bahia 217 Loop 71 Goliad, TX 77963
TIMES: 9:00AM-4:45PM
CONTACT: Scott McMahon
EMAIL: smcmahon.presidiolabahia@gmail.com
PHONE: 361 645-3752
 
     

Winter 2016/17-

Christmas Rendezvous and Trade Fair
On the first Saturday of December period craftsmen, artisans and reenactors will gather on the grounds of Presidio La Bahia to bring history to life!

Since time immemorial people have gathered together to trade ideas, news and the labor of their hands. Modern times have changed very little and once again, people will gather together at Presidio La Bahia to trade the crafts and wares they have made and collected in a 21st century adaptation of the ancient trade fair!

Take the day and visit Presidio La Bahia and browse the trade blankets and sutlers tents for unique Christmas gifts for that special person on your list!

Dress for the weather as this event takes place out of doors. Admission is $4 for adults, $3.50 for seniors, $1 for children 6-11, under 6 are free.

WHEN: December 3rd, 2016
WHERE: Presidio La Bahia 217 Loop 71 Goliad, TX 77963
TIMES: 9:00AM-4:45PM
CONTACT: Scott McMahon
EMAIL: smcmahon.presidiolabahia@gmail.com
PHONE: 361 645-3752
  2017
     

The Green Flag of Gutierrez and Magee
Join Living Historians on February11th as they bring history to life with an encampment depicting the 1812 Spanish siege of Presidio La Bahia.

Everyone has heard of the Texian War for Independence fought in 1835 and 36, but how many know of the push to make Texas independent in 1812-13?

Join us as we explore the “first Texas revolution” led by Bernardo Gutierrez de Lara and Augustus William Magee, over twenty years before the famous campaign of 1836! Learn about the motives behind Gutierrez and Magee’s attempt at wresting Texas from Spanish control and how it mirrored events taking place in Mexico City and even San Antonio. Visit with living historians dressed and equipped as men under the command of Gutierrez and Magee and those of the Spanish Army and immerse yourself in this forgotten period of Texas history!

Dress for the weather as this event takes place out of doors. Admission is $4 for adults, $3.50 for seniors, $1 for children 6-11, under 6 are free.

WHEN: February 11th, 2017
WHERE: Presidio La Bahia 217 Loop 71 Goliad, TX 77963
TIMES: 9:00AM-4:45PM
CONTACT: Scott McMahon
EMAIL: smcmahon.presidiolabahia@gmail.com
PHONE: 361 645-3752
 
       

 

 

 
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