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Presidio La Bahia - "Where History Comes Alive"

Click here for lodging when visiting Presidio La Bahia and Goliad

  2014
 
March 29 - 30
  29th Annual Goliad Massacre - Fort Defiance Living History Program. A recreation of the occupation of the fort by Col. Fannin and the Goliad Massacre. The only event of its kind in the State of Texas. Saturday, 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Candlelight Tours 7 P.M. to 9 P. M. Sunday, following the Massacre Reenactment at 10:00 A.M., there will be a memorial service and a pilgrimage to the Fannin Memorial.
 
 

September 13

 

A Day in the Life of the Presidio - 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.

 
  October 18  

Texas Revolution school of Instruction - Soldiers on both sides of the Texian War for Independence spent quite a bit of time drilling and learning to be effective soldiers. Drill was a part of these soldier's daily lives. Today reenactors only come together a handful of times throughout the year and as a result of this the proficiency of drill is not what it could be. This School of Instruction seeks to remedy that problem by offer instruction in drill manuals from the period for the Infantry (and possibly Artillery and Cavalry) of both Mexican and Texian forces.

If you are a reenactor looking to hone your drill, then join us for this unique opportunity to fall in with like-minded individuals for an educational and enjoyable weekend. If you are a visitor interested in what the soldiers involved in the Texian War for Independence would have learned as far as drill is concerned, then join us throughout the weekend for an up close and personal look at the daily life of a soldier in 1835-36 Texas!

 
 
December 6 - 7
 

Christmas Rendezvous and Trade Fair - Since time immemorial people have gathered together to trade ideas, news, and the labor of their hands. Modern times have changed very little and the second weekend of December, people will gather together at Presidio La Bahia to trade the crafts and wares they have made and collected in a 21st century adptation of the ancient trade fair.

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



       
 

2015

       
  February 7  

Fort Defiance Garrison - 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 Alabam 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!

 
 

February 21

 

The Green Flag of Gutierrez and Magee - 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!

 
 

March 28 - 29

 

30th Annual Goliad Massacre - Fort Defiance Living History Program. A recreation of the occupation of the fort by Col. Fannin and the Goliad Massacre. The only event of its kind in the State of Texas. Saturday, 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Candlelight Tours 7 P.M. to 9 P. M. Sunday, following the Massacre Reenactment at 10:00 A.M., there will be a memorial service and a pilgrimage to the Fannin Memorial.

 
 
April 11 - 12
 

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.

 
 
May 15 - 16
 

In the Shadow of the Presidio/Festival of St. Isidro - Presidio La Bahia was an important site from its earliest days. From the Spanish Colonial era, through the Filibusters, Mexican garrisons and the Texian War for Independence the Presidio was a hotly contested site. Why was this site so important? What was life like here throughout the various different periods of the Presidio’s history? Who were these men who came here to be stationed on the frontier to defend the Crown, the Republic or to fight for independence?

Learn the answer to these questions and more as we bring Presidio La Bahia to life circa 1790-1836! 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 Presidio La Bahia.

Also, be sure to join us on this special occasion of the Feast Day of St. Isidro, patron saint of farmers. Enjoy the festivities as we revive this cherished tradition, once an annual occurrence in La Bahia.

       
       
       
       
       
       

 

 

 
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