Presidio (fort) San Antoni de Bejar was built to protect the 15 families who came from the Canary Islands to begin the town, population 300 in 1731. The last Spanish Captain to own and live here was Perez in 1816-17. It is right on Market Square. Most of the pieces, and the front door carved with many symbols, are from the 1930s restoration, but there are a few 1800s pieces. Walking through the rooms and seeing pieces like the elaborately carved papeleria, where the Captain kept his official papers, the desk with the secret drawer, and the lumpy bed with the old coverlet really give you a feel for the time. There is a beautiful garden and well in the back. Admission is $5 adults, $3 military and seniors 60+, $3 children 7-13 and well worth the cost.
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