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Friday, October 19, 2012

Pioneer Days at Landmark Inn

By Jose Zapata, Landmark Inn Site Manager

The Friends of the Landmark Inn and staff extended the popular Pioneer Day event to two days this year. The first day was set aside for local school children. Nearly 200 students, teachers, and parents participated in Friday’s event. Saturday’s event was attended by another 200 children and adults. Held on October 5–6, the weather was very agreeable for outdoor demonstrations.

Students arriving at Landmark Inn

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 exhibitors from Salado and Fort McKavett.

Lace-making demonstration
Lace-making close-up

The Buffalo Soldier camp was popular, as was the outdoor kitchen, Dutch-oven cooking, and lace-making. Fort McKavett and Casa Navarro, two other Texas Historical Commission historic sites, participated in the event. The Landmark Inn’s historic buildings and grounds were a fitting backdrop for this event.

Buffalo Soldier camp

Fort McKavett's exhibit

Casa Navarro's exhibit

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the exhibitors were prepared by Carolyn and Vincent Biedeger, who were also busy demonstrating the outdoor kitchen and Dutch-oven cooking.

Dutch-oven cooking

Pioneer kitchen

Pioneer Day has become a local favorite and will be on next year’s calendar of events. In the meantime, join us for the 17th Annual Kids Fish on Saturday, January 26, 2013. 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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