Goliad Massacre-Fort Defiance Living History Program
March 27-28, 2010

The Crossroads of Texas Living History Association and Presidio La Bahía will stage a reenactment of the occupation of the fort by Col. Fannin and the Goliad Massacre of Col. Fannin and his men at Presidio La Bahía in Goliad, Texas. This annual event has been held for the past 24 years and has been of great interest to the public. Last year's admissions exceeded 4500. Many schools send their students, girl and boy scouts come on field trips and parents bring their children so that all can experience this unique reenactment of Texas history.

During the day Saturday battles will take place around the fort. There will be the sounds of muskets and cannons discharging and the air will be full of black powder smoke. The costumes worn will be those from that period in history. Visitors will have the opportunity to ask the re-enactors about the roles the they are reliving as well as attend lectures in the 231 year old Our Lady of Loreto Chapel. In the evening candlelight tours will be conducted through the barracks, the Mexican officer's quarters and there will be a hospital scene in the chapel where the Texian prisoners are being held. Sunday the death march will begin inside the presidio and goes to one of the locations where the massacre actually took place. The program will conclude with a Memorial Service that begins in the chapel followed by a procession to the Fannin Memorial.

Daily admission is $3.00 for ages 12 thru 59, $2. 50 for 60 and older, and $1.00 for ages 6 thru 11 years old. Five and younger are free. There is an additional $2.00 per person fee for admission to the candlelight tour.

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