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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Pioneer Day at Landmark Inn

By Jose Zapata, Landmark Inn Site Manager

Young and old alike enjoyed a day-long journey into the past during Pioneer Day at the Landmark Inn. Held on Nov. 12, the weather was very agreeable for outdoor demonstrations. There were 14 exhibitors, all dressed in 19th-century attire and eager to demonstrate and discuss toy-making, hand tools, woodworking, laundry day, school house, outdoor cooking, wine making, and an assortment of military and old west displays. Most of the exhibitors were from Castroville, while others were from nearby Hondo, Uvalde, and San Antonio. We also had an exhibitor from Buchanan Dam and another from Brackettville.

The Buffalo Soldier camp was popular, as was their rocking horse. The laundry day demonstration was a big hit with the little ones, as they took turns working the “old time” washboard and clothes wringer. Hop-scotch and stilts were a favorite among young and old, as were hand-made lacing and quilt-making. The Landmark Inn’s historic buildings and grounds were a great backdrop for this event.  

At midday, the exhibitors took a break and savored the food prepared by Carolyn and Vincent Biedeger, who demonstrated Dutch-oven cooking. Overall, Pioneer Day at the Landmark Inn was well-received and will be reinstated as an annual community event.   

Landmark Inn State Historic Site is located in Castroville, approximately 20 miles west of San Antonio, in the Texas Hill Country Trail Region.

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