Presidio La Bahia. Photo by J. Griffis Smith

Photo by J. Griffis Smith

Presidio La Bahia played an active role in Texas’ tumultuous early days, both militarily and agriculturally. Established by the Spanish in 1749, the historic limestone presidio, located in present-day Goliad and home to an active Catholic parish, will interpret different historical eras spanning 1749 to 1836 with the inaugural “In the Shadow of the Presidio.” The May 16 event will feature reenactors portraying the Spanish Colonial era, the Texas Filibuster era of the 1810s and ’20s, the subsequent Mexican period, and the Texas Revolutionary period. On May 15, the presidio will rekindle a lost tradition by marking the Feast of San Isidro, named for the patron saint of farmers and a patron saint of the presidio’s Our Lady of Loreto Chapel.

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