Panna Maria, Helena, Runge, and Goliad

Goliad, Texas

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If you weren’t aware of its interesting history, you might just call Panna Maria another pint-sized Texas town, perched on a shady hilltop with a nice breeze and a beautiful view. But there’s a lot more to Panna Maria, which means “Virgin Mary” in Polish, than meets the eye. This quiet community holds the title of the first Polish settlement in America, and it still maintains a place in the history of Poland, well known among the people of the old country. Like the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto, Goliad holds a special place in Texas history. Founded by the Spanish, Goliad is the third oldest city in Texas. Today the Presidio and the Mission Espíritu Santo are restored and open to the public. You also can visit Colonel Fannin’s grave and see the monument that marks the resting place of the Texas soldiers. This eTrail from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of San Antonio. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping.

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"If you weren’t aware of its interesting history, you might just call Panna Maria another pint-sized Texas town, perched on a shady hilltop with a nice breeze and a beautiful view. But there’s a lot more to Panna Maria, which means “Virgin Mary” in Polish, than meets the eye. This quiet community holds the title of the first Polish settlement in America, and it still maintains a place in the history of Poland, well known among the people of the old country.

Like the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto, Goliad holds a special place in Texas history. Founded by the Spanish, Goliad is the third oldest city in Texas. Today the Presidio and the Mission Espíritu Santo are restored and open to the public. You also can visit Colonel Fannin’s grave and see the monument that marks the resting place of the Texas soldiers. This eTrail from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of San Antonio. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Goliad
Duration: One day to several days
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Panna Maria, Helena, Runge, and Goliad

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May 2018