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Goliad Massacre Living History event this weekend
by Jeremy D. Turner, Presidio La Bahia
Mar 22, 2013 | 761 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The annual Goliad Massacre Living History program will be held Saturday and Sunday at Presidio La Bahia in Goliad. The event attracts thousands of visitors each year.
The annual Goliad Massacre Living History program will be held Saturday and Sunday at Presidio La Bahia in Goliad. The event attracts thousands of visitors each year.
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Presidio La Bahía is proud to announce the 28th Annual Goliad Massacre Living History program at Presidio La Bahía will be held Saturday and Sunday.

The Crossroads of Texas Living History Association and Presidio La Bahía will stage a reenactment of the occupation of the fort under the command of Col. James Walker Fannin, and the subsequent Goliad Massacre that claimed the lives of Fannin and 341 of his men on the morning of Palm Sunday, March 27, 1836.

The event has been held annually for nearly three decades and has become a favorite of the public. Last year, more than 4,500 people were in attendance and included visitors from countries around the world. Many schools, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and families alike will attend so that all can experience the unique reenactment and celebration of Texas history.

Throughout Saturday, battles will take place around the fort. There will be the sound of musket fire and cannon roar and the air will be full of black powder smoke. The reenactors will be dressed in attire specific to the period of the Texas Revolution. Visitors will have the opportunity to visit with reenactors and ask them about the roles they are reliving as well as attend lectures in the 234-year-old Our Lady of Loreto Chapel.

Saturday evening candlelight tours will be conducted through the barracks, the Mexican officers’ quarters, and there will be a hospital scene in the chapel where Texian prisoners will be held.

On Sunday, the death march will begin inside the presidio walls and proceed to one of the sites where the massacre actually took place. The program will conclude with a memorial service that will begin in the chapel and be followed by a procession to the Fannin Monument.

Daily admission is $4 for ages 12-59, $3.50 for ages 60 and older, and $1 for children ages 6-11. For children 5 years old or younger, there will be no charge.  Tickets to the candlelight tour can be purchased with admission for an additional $2 per person.

For information, call 361-645-3752 or visit www.presidiolabahia.org.
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