Presidio La Bahia celebrates 50 years of restoration

Lauren Hernandez By Lauren Hernandez

Nov. 8, 2017 at 10:30 p.m.
Updated Nov. 8, 2017 at 10:25 p.m.

A view of the church at Presidio La Bahia, in Goliad.

A view of the church at Presidio La Bahia, in Goliad.   Jaime R. Carrero for The Victoria Advocate

Travel back in time at "In the Shadow of the Presidio," a 50th anniversary celebration of the restoration of the Presidio La Bahia at 9 a.m. Saturday at the historic site.

The timeline event will capture the history of the Presidio during the Spanish Colonial period, the Mexican Republic and Texas Revolution.

Scott McMahon, director of the Presidio, said the celebration will bring a broader picture of its history and where the community came from to those who attend.

"We want to give them an understanding of what was going on during that period and how it shaped the community of La Bahia, which would later became Goliad," he said.

Within the stone walls of the renowned fort will be a broad variety of demonstrations from blacksmiths, spinners and weavers to activities such as military drills and beekeeping.

A special presentation will follow for members of the Presidio featuring a documentary based on Kathryn O'Connor and her efforts toward the restoration.

After several years of planning, the restoration was completed in fall 1967.

"She raised the funds and oversaw the entire restoration process to rebuild the fort to what was already here," he said.

Her granddaughter, Louise O'Connor, will make an appearance to speak and commemorate her grandmother's efforts to restore the Presidio to its 1836 appearance.

"We want to bring the history to life of how it made Goliad what it is today," McMahon said.


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