Family Day Trip: Goliad Texas
Remember Goliad, Presidio La Bahia
This was an unplanned trip to Goliad. We were on our way home from Port A when we spotted Goliad. We thought we would like to check it out, and glad that we did. Nice to be able to walk through such a historical, beautiful place. Well kept grounds and buildings with a historical museum inside to browse your way through.
Most people have heard about the Alamo and how many lives were lost there and many have visited this attraction in downtown San Antonio. However, many don’t realize that this Presidio in Goliad is the site of a massacre, and not a battle, where almost twice as many men were killed as at the Alamo. Goliad is a small town and is “off the beaten path” but is the place where Col. Fannin and 341 men under his command were executed on Palm Sunday in 1836. This presidio is a fort and not a mission and is in great shape for being so old. It’s an interesting way to spend a couple of hours. The Fannin Memorial is within walking distance of the presidio and should also be visited.
To get a real scope and understanding of what actually happened here, I highly recommend that a person take the time to watch the video presentation and read the placards. One needs to realize the magnitude of the atrocity. Visit Coleto Creek first if you have time, then Presidio La Bahia, and end with the monument. It is a very moving experience.
Our Lady of Loreto Chapel, which has been an active Catholic church since 1779, and the nearby Fannin Memorial Monument. It was such an informative tour, and I highly recommend a visit here if you are interested in learning more about the Texas Revolution.
These shots are from the annual reenactment that takes place the last weekend in March. Did you know the Goliad Massacre Reenactment will be 35 years old in 2020? That’s something special and they’re making plans to celebrate it in a big way. Be sure to mark your calendar March 28th and 29th for the 35th Annual Goliad Massacre Reenactment! Photo credit to the owner.
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, stop by Presidio La Bahia for a visit! Lots to see and read. Glad we decided to go. Very educational for all ages.
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