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.
The Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum would like to invite you to our Summer speaker series on Saturday June 25, 2016 at 1PM. This year we will have Robert A. Bellezza, author of Mission of Los Angeles.
“After establishing the settlement of San Francisco, visionary mission president Fr. Junipero Serra journeyed south to found Mission San Juan Capistrano, Alta Califonia’s seventh, on November 1, 1776. By order of King Carlos III of Spain, El Pueblo de la Reina de los Angeles (the Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angeles) was founded on September 4, 1781, following the recommendation of the first California governor, Felipe de Neve. At nearby Mission San Gabriel Arcangel, de Neve gathered a group of 11 men, 11 women and 22 children; soldiers mission priest and a few Indians and traveled nine miles to the banks of the Los Angeles River, blessing the new site. By 1800, the city of Los Angeles had a population of 300 with a meeting hall, guardhouse, army barracks and granary. Built a days journey apart on El Camino Real, the Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana was dedicated on September 8, 1797 and completed the lineage of California’s monumental landmark missions near Los Angeles”- Robert A. Bellezza
Please join us this day to learn more about the Missions. A suggested donation of $5 is greatly appreciated. Also refreshments will be served.
Experience life in Alta California before it became part of the United States. This fun and interactive day is a chance to be part of life in the 1830s. The cost is only $5.
- Learn how to be a blacksmith
- Dance to early California music
- Pan for gold
- Make adobe bricks and help build a mini adobe home
- Churn butter, make tortillas
These are just a few of the things you can do at Rancho Day. All ages are welcome.
On the 20th of February the museum opened its exhibit on the Anza Expedition, which was one of the important Spanish expeditions into California. The exhibit features the history of the Anza exhibit, reproductions of the clothing and tools used on the expedition, and a photo montage of the reenactments of the Anza expedition that have been done throughout the years.
Learn how Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza led more than 240 men, women, and children on an epic journey across the frontier of New Spain to establish a settlement at San Francisco Bay and discover their legacy.
The exhibit will be open through July 17th. Opening on July 25th is the exhibit on the Portola expedition, which is the expedition to Alta California that Juan Jose Dominguez was part of. The Anza exhibit is the 1st part of our 2-part exhibition series on the development on early California.
Every Saturday in April we are celebrating Earth month. We are looking for volunteers to come out and help clean, restore and preserve the gardens at the Rancho. The rose garden and cactus garden need some loving care. The children’s garden is being built so help is needed there. Of course, the restoration of the botanical garden (grotto) is underway as well. Volunteers are needed (groups are welcome!!!) to help out on Saturdays in the morning so come on out.
To find out more, call (310) 603-0088
Come out to celebrate Music on the Rancho. A series of great music, wine and food. March kicks off the concert series that will take place in March, May, July and September.
Our next installment of “Music on the Rancho will be: July 2nd and the 9th. Stay tune for further details!!
Support our beautiful and historic museum by purchasing tickets prior to the events or the day of for $20.
For an additional minimal fee, we will have wine, food and beverages available at both concerts.