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Presidio La Bahia - "Where History Comes Alive"

Click here for lodging when visiting Presidio La Bahia and Goliad

 
2016
 
 

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-5:00PM
CONTACT: Scott McMahon
EMAIL: smcmahon.presidiolabahia@gmail.com
PHONE: 361 645-3752
 
 
2017
 

 

 

El Soldado de Mexico

Join reenactors on January 17th 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 instruct their members in drill just as Santa Anna’s officers would have done in 1835-36 . Visit with the officers and men of the unit as they go about their daily routines and immerse yourself in what life was like on campaign in the sometimes brutal conditions experienced in the winter and spring of 1835-36. And for those brave souls amongst you, if you’d like to join in and try your hand at being a soldado de Mexico, Primer Battallon is always looking for new recruits!

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 14th, 2017
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



 
     

The Green Flag of Gutierrez and Magee


Join Living Historians on February 25th 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 Gutiérrez 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 25th, 2017
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




 
 
 

Spring 2017-


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 32nd 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: March 25th & 26th, 2017
WHERE: Presidio La Bahia 217 Loop 71 Goliad, TX 77963
TIMES: 9:00AM-5:00PM
CONTACT: Scott McMahon
EMAIL: smcmahon.presidiolabahia@gmail.com
PHONE: 361 645-3752
     
 

 

     

A Volunteer in the Texian Army

On April 8th, Presidio La Bahia brings a Texian volunteer of 1835-36 to life through living history and the use of first hand accounts and contemporary sources.

Join us a unique opportunity for a firsthand look at a Texian volunteer as he would have appeared during the winter and spring of 1835-36. Through the medium of living history backed by firsthand accounts and contemporary sources we will bring a soldier in the Texian army to life for a day. Visitors are encouraged to interact, ask questions and learn more about life on campaign during this turbulent yet exciting period of Texas history. Here’s your chance to step back in time and ask all those questions you’ve been wondering about all of these years!
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: April 8, 2017
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
     
   
 

 

 

Ranching in Early Texas

Living historians, historic demonstrators and period craftsmen gather together on May 13th to present various aspects of ranching in early Texas.

Join living historians, historic demonstrators and period craftsmen as they bring to life various aspects of ranching in early Texas. Visit with these individuals as they demonstrate skills useful to early ranchers and perhaps even try your hand at them. Activities will be ongoing throughout the day and there will be plenty of fun for the whole family. Come on out, visit the Presidio, interact with the demonstrators and learn a little of our great state’s ranching history at the same time!
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 13th, 2017
WHERE: Presidio La Bahia 217 Loop 71 Goliad, TX 77963
TIMES: 9:00AM-5:00PM
CONTACT: Scott McMahon
EMAIL: smcmahon.presidiolabahia@gmail.com
PHONE: 361 645-3752




   
 

 

 

Summer/Fall 2017-

Wayback Wednesdays

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

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 and July, 2017

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



   
 
 

The Extremadura Regiment in Texas 1813-1821

On August 12th, Presidio La Bahia brings a soldado of the Extremadura Regiment circa 1813-1821 to life through living history and the use of first hand accounts and contemporary sources.

Join us a unique opportunity for a firsthand look at a soldado of the Extremadura Regiment as he would have appeared between the years of 1813 and 1821. Through the medium of living history backed by firsthand accounts and contemporary sources we will bring a soldier in the Spanish army to life for a day. Visitors are encouraged to interact, ask questions and learn more about life on campaign during this turbulent yet exciting period of Texas history. Here's your chance to step back in time and ask all those questions you've been wondering about all of these years!

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: August 12th, 2017
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 23rd 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 23rd, 2017

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



 

 

     

Filibusterers at the Presidio

On October 7th, Presidio La Bahia brings a soldier from the filibustering armies of 1812-1821 to life through living history and the use of first hand accounts and contemporary sources.

Join us a unique opportunity for a firsthand look at a filibusterer as he would have appeared during the numerous campaigns to wrest Texas from Spanish control circa 1812-1821. Through the medium of living history backed by firsthand accounts and contemporary sources we will bring a filibustering soldier of the 18teens to life for a day. Visitors are encouraged to interact, ask questions and learn more about life on campaign during this turbulent yet exciting period of Texas history. Here's your chance to step back in time and ask all those questions you've been wondering about all of these years!

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: October 7th, 2017
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



   
     

Winter 2017/18-

Open House/Presidio La Bahia 50th Anniversary        

Presidio La Bahia hosts an open house as a thank you for all of our visitors. As an added bonus we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the restoration of the presidio!

Join us for a special “Thank you!” to all of our visitors, friends and supporters throughout the year as we host an Open House on November 2nd. We will be presenting a special exhibit highlighting the restoration of Presidio La Bahia in the 1960s and will offer light refreshments and door prizes for those in attendance. Be sure and join us for this unique event, we’re sure you’ll enjoy yourselves and we know you’ll leave with a newfound respect for Presidio La Bahia!

Dress for the weather as this event takes place out of doors. Admission is free for this special event!

WHEN:

November 2nd, 2017

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



   
     

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 2nd, 2017
WHERE: Presidio La Bahia 217 Loop 71 Goliad, TX 77963
TIMES: 9:00AM-5:00PM
CONTACT: Scott McMahon
EMAIL: smcmahon.presidiolabahia@gmail.com
PHONE: 361 645-3752

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 2nd, 2017
WHERE: Presidio La Bahia 217 Loop 71 Goliad, TX 77963
TIMES: 9:00AM-5:00PM
CONTACT: Scott McMahon
EMAIL: smcmahon.presidiolabahia@gmail.com
PHONE: 361 645-3752



 

2018

   
     

Spring 2018-

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 33rd 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: March 24th & 25th, 2018
WHERE: Presidio La Bahia 217 Loop 71 Goliad, TX 77963
TIMES: 9:00AM-5:00PM
CONTACT: Scott McMahon
EMAIL: smcmahon.presidiolabahia@gmail.com
PHONE: 361 645-3752

Summer/Fall 2018-

Wayback Wednesdays

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

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 and July, 2018
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



 

 

 
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