Living History - Spotlight on Blacksmithing - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Colonial Spanish blacksmiths faced a lot of challenges on the northern frontier of Nueva Espana. They didn't have access to the wide range of tools and facilities that their colleagues further south had, and delivery times for raw materials were usually measured in months or years rather than days or weeks. Also there was always the possibility of another attack or raid by hostile neighbors. 

Come to the Presidio on the Living History Day, January 13th and watch our blacksmiths re-create the scene of a typical 18th Century presidial blacksmith shop. The smiths will be making tools commonly found on the northern frontier and explain how they coped with the challenges of the period. Feel free to ask questions about their work, their shop, and their lives.

Visitors can also experience the day-to-day lives of soldiers and their families who lived in the Presidio in the late 1700s.  Demonstrations of children’s games, candle making, weaving, and blacksmithing will be held, and fresh baked bread and handmade tortillas will be available to sample. Soldiers will practice their drills and fire a four-pound bronze cannon, a replica of cannons used at the Presidio in the late 1700s.

Interactive opportunities will allow visitors to pump the bellows of the blacksmith’s forge, spin cotton and learn how the soldiers fire their muskets. Admission to Living History Day is included with admission.