California’s State Historic Landmark No.152
National Register of Historic Places
The mission of the Friends of Rancho San Pedro is to preserve and increase community awareness of early California history as it relates to the Dominguez family, homestead adobe and the Rancho San Pedro, the first Spanish land grant in California. This is accomplished through educational programs and the operation of the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum.
Join us on the Rancho grounds on November 7th for 2 great classes:
Composting: Learn the Basics and Why Composting Is Important, 9:30am to 11:30am – Class is $5.00
Wreath Making: Holiday Wreaths, 1pm to 3pm – Class is $15.00
Call to reserve your spots now at (310) 603-0088
Join the Rancho Halloween fest this year. There will be an obstacle course, activities, and crafts. Bring your own pumpkin to enter in the pumpkin competition. Be part of the many games such:
- Guess the Goo
- Pumpkin Eating Contest
- Obstacle Course
- Pumpkin Competition
You can also learn and make cornhusk dolls, calvera masks, paper flowers and plastic cup skeletons. Get your face painted with a Halloween theme. Be part of the “Haunted Trick or Treat” scavenger hunt and more.
The costume contest is at 2pm and the Pinata is at 4pm
Make sure to plan your afternoon and bring your family and friends! The cost is only $5 a person and under 3 is free.
Join us for an amazing weekend of 1800s living history and the reenactment of the “Battle of the Old Woman’s Gun,” one of the few battles in the Mexican American war that the Californios won. Experience many aspects of the bustling life in the 1800s ranging from frontier life to refined city life to military camp living and more.
The event is October 10th and 11th and the doors open at 10am and the camps are open until 4pm. Parking is on site and there is a suggested donation of $4 per person and children under 3 are free.
Schedule of Events 2015
Read more about Battle Reenactment 2015 →
On September 26th and 27th the museum is featuring its newest addition to its living history program: Visions of History: Military Timeline 600 AD to 1900 AD. Come see military camps from across the world and across time. The event showcases military history and activity and each camp is distinct in what it shares from their time period. Have you been curious about the Vikings or how Washington’s military men marched in battle? Come find out and more. There will be demonstrations throughout both days and the camps will be active from 10am to 4pm. Other museums will be participating too so there is much to see and learn about about.
The fee is $10 per adult and $5 per child (3 and under are free) and parking is included. Students are $5 with student ID. Parking is outside the museum on Alameda and in the Homestead Business Center and we encourage carpooling. Handicapped parking is on the museum site. For more information and the schedule of activities, please call the museum at (310) 603-0088.
Join us for the 3rd installment in the Rancho’s speaker series: Farming in Torrance and the South Bay. The talk will be at 1pm and will be given by author Judith Gerber.
A little history:
Jared Sydney Torrance originally founded Torrance in 1912 as an industrial city. But the land and its surrounding South Bay region thrived through agricultural activities, beginning in 1784 on the Rancho San Pedro. Farming activities continued after Ben Weston became the first one to buy land from the Dominguez family’s rancho in 1847. Farming remained an important part of city commerce in the transition to a thriving Los Angeles County suburb in the late 1950s. Throughout those early years, family farmers contributed to the city’s economy by raising cattle, pigs, and turkeys, as well as sugar beets, alfalfa, beans, hay, oats, barley, and flowers, and operating dairy farms. Other South Bay cities also relied on agriculture for economic growth, including Carson, once home to a thriving cut-flower farm industry, and Gardena, the one-time berry capital of Southern California, as well as the Palos Verdes Peninsula, where dry farming was a successful industry.