Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum



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.

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Living History and Battle Reenactment of the Old Woman’s Gun

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 $5 per person and children are free.

Read more about Battle Reenactment 2015 →

Visions of History: Military Timeline 600 AD to 1900 AD

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 and parking is included.  Parking is next to the museum in the Homestead Business park 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.

Farming in Torrance and the South Bay: Last Talk in the Speaker Series @ 1pm

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.

August 15th is an Exciting Day at the Rancho

This Saturday, the 15th is an exciting day at the Rancho.  We have some great activities going on!

8:30am – Beginner’s bird walk – all you need are binoculars and a sense of fun

10:00am – Earthwatch Urban Tree Mapping Training

10:00am – Docent training starts (1st of 4 sessions)

1:00pm – Herbs and More Summer Saturday

Earthwatch Institute Focal Tree Project – One Day Training

Join us on Saturday, August 15th from 10am-11:30am  for a citizen science training on the Earthwatch Institute’s Focal Tree project.  This one-day event will train volunteers to become citizen scientists, and collect data that will be used by researchers at UC Riverside to understand how urban trees grow and provide cooling benefits across the LA basin.  Please RSVP no later than noon on Friday, August 14th to receive parking instructions and room information for this event:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/focaltree

Earthwatch Focal Tree Training (8-15-2015)

  • Upcoming Events

    Sep
    12
    Sat
    8:30 am Bird Walk @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Bird Walk @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Sep 12 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
    Join us at the museum for our monthly morning bird walk.  Explore many parts of the Rancho finding birds of all types.  Learn about bird journaling and keep your own journal going throughout the year[...]
    10:00 am Summer/Fall Weekend Docent Training @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Summer/Fall Weekend Docent Training @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Sep 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    For those interested in sharing the Dominguez family history with the public, are looking to sharpen their presentation skills, meet wonderful and interesting people, and most of all HAVE FUN, the Museum is looking for[...]
    Sep
    16
    Wed
    5:00 pm Summer/Fall Weeknight Docent Tra... @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Summer/Fall Weeknight Docent Tra... @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Sep 16 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    For those interested in sharing the Dominguez family history with the public, are looking to sharpen their presentation skills, meet wonderful and interesting people, and most of all HAVE FUN, the Museum is looking for[...]
    Sep
    19
    Sat
    11:00 am A Pink Victorian Tea @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    A Pink Victorian Tea @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Sep 19 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Join us on September 19th when the museum hosts its Pink Victorian Tea modeled after the pink teas of the Victorian era.  Wear your best dress festooned with something pink and enjoy this intimate affair.[...]
    Sep
    26
    Sat
    10:00 am Summer/Fall Weekend Docent Training @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Summer/Fall Weekend Docent Training @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    For those interested in sharing the Dominguez family history with the public, are looking to sharpen their presentation skills, meet wonderful and interesting people, and most of all HAVE FUN, the Museum is looking for[...]
    10:00 am Visions of History: A Military T... @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Visions of History: A Military T... @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Visions of History: A Military Time Line @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hang out with the Vikings while they prepared for battle or got ready for dinner?  What about talking to Washington’s Continental Army right before they[...]
    11:00 am Garden Tour: Stroll the Domingue... @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Garden Tour: Stroll the Domingue... @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Sep 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Come along on a guided tour of the beautiful gardens on the Rancho San Pedro dedicated to the six Dominguez daughters.  Visit the Maria de la Reyes rose garden, Guadalupe Monarch butterfly and California native[...]
    12:00 pm Monarch Butterfly Watching and M... @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Monarch Butterfly Watching and M... @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Sep 26 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    Help the museum track the monarch butterflies in the monarch butterfly garden and surrounding gardens.  Each month help track what stage of their growth they are in and how they are doing.  Everyone gets a[...]


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    Guided Tours of the Adobe Museum are Offered (Adobe is only open for guided tours):
    • First Thursday and Friday of Each Month
    • Every Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday
    • Tours are at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm
    • No Reservations Needed for Parties Under 10
    • Tours del adobe están disponibles en español el segundo domingo de cada mes
    • Adobe tours available in Spanish the 2nd Sunday of each month

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    Board of Directors
    • Mr. William Barger
    • Mr. Tom Huston
    • Brother Rene Lepage, C.M.F.
    • Mr. Manny Marrero
    • Mr. Tom Van Woerkom
    • Mr. John F. Watkins
    • Ms. Jean (Bird) Willard
    Honorary Member
    • Rev. Patrick J. McPolin, C.M.F.

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