Bayside (Refugio County)
Fun in Bayside: Hayride through the Fennessey Ranch!
We began our day at the Bayside Community Center with coffee/sweet rolls provided by the Bayside Historical Society. Bart Wales, Director of the Refugio County Museum in Refugio, then gave an informative presentation about “Yesterday” in Refugio County, including an interesting story about Sam Houston.
The hayride (with real hay!) on the Fennessey Ranch was narrated by ranch employee Patty Shay, and the hay wagon was pulled by a Pinzgauer, a Jeep-like all terrain vehicle used by the Swiss Army.
Crofutt’s Sandwich and Bakery Shop of Bayside catered lunch back at the Bayside Community Center. Following lunch, Rhonda Camp of the Coastal Bend Wildlife Photo Contest, showed us the winning photos of their 2007 competition (many taken on the Fennessey Ranch) and then Herndon Williams, member of the Bayside Historical Society and chairman of the Refugio County Historical Commission, presented a pictorial history of the Copano Bay area.
At the conclusion of the Copano Bay pictorial history, the majority of those present drove to the Wood Mansion, located directly on Copano Bay for a guided tour led by owner Michael Selzer. Major John Howland Wood built this historic home in 1875. Wood Mansion is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Texas Historic Landmark.