Texas Tropical Trail Region

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Texas Heritage Trails Program

Sandia: McGloin Homestead

Across the Nueces River at San Patricio sits the state’s only remaining empresario home. Built in 1855, the McGloin Homestead was the residence of Irishman James McGloin who, along with John McMullen, acquired Texas’ southernmost Mexican land grant in 1828 to settle 200 Irish families. The Corpus Christi Area Heritage Society offers tours of the home, which also serves as a bed-and-breakfast.


  • 13016 FM 70
  • Sandia, Texas
  • 78383


Hours & Fees

  • Tours by appointment only.

  • Call for details.

Map & Directions

2 miles off of Highway 666 in San Patricio, between Bluntzer and Mathis, when coming from Bluntzer, take CR 60 to the left at the Old San Patricio Trading Co.


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Read more about James McGloin in the Handbook of Texas Online.