|Goliad Mission Espiritu Santo (Julianne G. Crane)|
Mission Espiritu Santo in Goliad State Park, sits on prime grasslands along the San Antonio River in the South Texas Plains.
|RVer Jimmy Smith inside chapel. (Julianne G. Crane)|
It is a peaceful place to rejoice in the holiday spirit this season by celebrating History in Lights, from 6 to 8 p.m. the month of December.
“Lights and shadows will tell the story of this remarkable site as visitors walk the same path taken by Native Americans and Spanish Franciscans Priests so long ago,” according to park officials.
“More than 250 years ago, Spanish missionaries and soldiers established” this beautiful Franciscan mission. It became the home of the largest ranching operation in Texas in the18th century. The Spanish colonial church and grounds were reconstructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s and includes some original artifacts.
There is much to see during this season with the mission compound grounds, the chapel and workshop being open to the public.
|Goliad County (click on to enlarge)|
If you go
Goliad State Park
Mission Espiritu Santo
Approximately ½ mile south of Goliad on Highway 183.
108 Park Rd. 6
Goliad, TX 77963
Latitude: 28.644411 Longitude: -97.438718
Hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., daily except for Christmas Day
Admission: $4; Children 12 years and under: Free
The nearby historically interesting Fannin Memorial and the restored Presidio Nuestra Señora de Loreto de La Bahía are featured in another post.
For information on the Goliad State Park campground, click here.