Immerse yourself in Corpus Christi’s earliest history at the “Voices of South Texas – Old Bayview Cemetery Comes Alive” event on Saturday, November 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 1150 Ramirez Street.
This will be the 13th year of hosting this historic event. The event will feature self-guided tours, live folk music, and a demonstration of a frontier battalion. In addition to storytelling and re-enactments, visitors can learn more about the people buried at the cemetery by scanning the QR codes on placards staked by tombstones as they walk through the cemetery.
Old Bayview Cemetery was founded in 1845 by Colonel E.U. Hitchcock during General Zachary Taylor’s military encampment in Corpus Christi. The cemetery overlooks stunning views of Nueces and Corpus Christi Bay.
“You can walk through Old Bayview Cemetery and learn America’s history, starting with the War of 1812, the Texas Revolution, the War with Mexico, the Civil War, the Indian Campaigns, and the Spanish-American War. Join us as we dedicate the newest Texas Historical Commission marker for Reuben Holbein,” said Karen Howden, President of the Friends of Old Bayview Cemetery.
HISTORICAL FACTS ABOUT OLD BAYVIEW CEMETERY:
- First U.S. military cemetery in Texas, founded in 1845 on the eve of the U.S.-Mexican War
- Over 600 individuals are buried at the Old Bayview Cemetery
- Adjacent to the campsite of General Zachary Taylor’s Army of Occupation in 1845
- Veterans from the War of 1812 through the Spanish-American War were laid to rest here
- Inducted on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service on October 21, 2020
This year, the “Voices of South Texas” is hosted by the Friends of Old Bayview Cemetery, the Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department, the Corpus Christi Public Libraries, and Humanities Texas. This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Admission is free, and everyone is invited! The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History’s Museum LIVE! historical reenactors will be in attendance for this event, be sure to stop by our booth for a fun scavenger hunt and prizes!