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Castro Adobe State Historic Park

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184 Old Adobe Road
Watsonville, CA 95076
831-429-1840

January 2019

Open House at the Castro Adobe: Beginnings at the Adobe

January 27, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Castro Adobe State Historic Park, 184 Old Adobe Road
Watsonville, CA 95076
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As your family begins a new year, please join us as we imagine the Castros’ experience as one of the first Spanish families to make their home in California. Warm up with some traditional hot chocolate from our cocina and keep out of the cold in the comfort of our adobe, where we will share the stories of this pioneering family and our pioneering park. When we finally open for regular days and hours, you can say you were there…

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Open House at the Castro Adobe: Beginnings at the Adobe

January 27, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Castro Adobe State Historic Park, 184 Old Adobe Road
Watsonville, CA 95076
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Free

As your family begins a new year, please join us as we imagine the Castros’ experience as one of the first Spanish families to make their home in California. Warm up with some traditional hot chocolate from our cocina and keep out of the cold in the comfort of our adobe, where we will share the stories of this pioneering family and our pioneering park. When we finally open for regular days and hours, you can say you were there…

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February 2019

Open House at the Castro Adobe: Romance on the Rancho

February 9, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Castro Adobe State Historic Park, 184 Old Adobe Road
Watsonville, CA 95076
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Life in California before the Gold Rush wasn’t all-Zorro, all-the-time, but it did have its share of romantic charm and excitement. Step into the Pájaro Valley’s past with this sneak peek into our future state park. Bring your sweetheart, or meet somebody over traditional hot chocolate in our Mexican-era adobe’s restored kitchen; we’ll provide the fire, you bring the “spark.” Who knows what may blossom while you stroll through our historic garden and orchard? If the close relationship between California…

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March 2019

Castro Adobe Open House 2018: Luck o’ the Castros

March 10, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Castro Adobe State Historic Park, 184 Old Adobe Road
Watsonville, CA 95076
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The direct hit from 1989’s Loma Prieta earthquake should have crumbled the Castro Adobe into a cloud of dust, but more than a century of hard work, (mostly) wise decisions, and yes, luck, kept the Castro Adobe (mostly) together. Enjoy a festive atmosphere and a snack from our restored cocina along with your sneak preview of this one-of-a-kind family home as it rises again as the centerpiece of the Pájaro Valley’s very own state historic park. Event is free; limited…

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April 2019

Open House at the Castro Adobe: Vaqueros y Bandidos

April 6, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Castro Adobe State Historic Park, 184 Old Adobe Road
Watsonville, CA 95076
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Round up your family and drop in to our celebration of California’s Rancho Era, when cattle was king, bandits roamed the countryside, and the Castro Family built their one-of-a-kind home on a hill at the height of their power. Get to know the tools of the cattle trade; listen to cowboy songs and tales of infamous bandits; relax in the beauty of our garden and grounds with spring in full spring. We’ll skip rounding up the calves and go straight…

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May 2019

Open House at the Castro Adobe: Women of the Castro Adobe

May 19, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Castro Adobe State Historic Park, 184 Old Adobe Road
Watsonville, CA 95076
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Without working women out in front and behind the scenes, our adobe would have fallen apart ages ago. From the first indigenous woman to light the fire in the cocina, to the architectural historian who began picking up the pieces of her home after the Loma Prieta earthquake, to the project manager of our current reconstruction efforts, we honor them all this weekend. Please join our celebration of the role of women in our state-park-to-be and enjoy food, flowers, and…

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June 2019

Open House at the Castro Adobe: Summer at San Andres

June 8, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Castro Adobe State Historic Park, 184 Old Adobe Road
Watsonville, CA 95076
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Join us for a unique opportunity to view our newest State Historic Park. This hidden jewel in the Pájaro Valley is currently an active construction site as the adobe building is being repaired and is open only during scheduled events. Event is free; limited parking (carpooling encouraged).

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July 2019

The Castro Adobe in the American Era

July 14, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Castro Adobe State Historic Park, 184 Old Adobe Road
Watsonville, CA 95076
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The Castro Adobe influenced the development of the Pájaro Valley.

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August 2019

Evenings on the Rancho

August 10, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Castro Adobe State Historic Park, 184 Old Adobe Road
Watsonville, CA 95076
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This event is free to attend; donations are gratefully accepted. Parking is limited; please carpool. Leashed dogs are allowed in the parking area only.

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September 2019

The Pajaro Valley in the Mexican Era

September 15, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Castro Adobe State Historic Park, 184 Old Adobe Road
Watsonville, CA 95076
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Our local ranching way of life fueled the beginnings of the global industrial society we live in today.

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October 2019

Earthquakes and the Adobe: Castro Adobe Open House

October 19, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Castro Adobe State Historic Park, 184 Old Adobe Road
Watsonville, CA 95076
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Our adobe’s story should have ended with 1989’s Loma Prieta earthquake, but the right choices at the right times kept our story alive. Please join us for a snack from our restored cocina, a look at how historical earthquakes affected our adobe and the people who lived here, the monumental work done to reconstruct our adobe since Loma Prieta, and the efforts underway right now to ensure our story continues after our next big earthquake. Join us at Castro Adobe…

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November 2019

Thankful for our Stewards

November 17, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Castro Adobe State Historic Park, 184 Old Adobe Road
Watsonville, CA 95076
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Please bring your family and join us as we celebrate the season at our adobe. Warm up with some traditional hot chocolate from our cozy cocina, make new friends over games and crafts, and relax with some festive music. Staff and volunteers will make themselves available to share the stories of the Pájaro Valley’s park as we look back on celebrations past and look forward to the year to come. Event is free; limited parking (carpooling encouraged). Active construction site,…

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December 2019

Open House at the Castro Adobe: Festivos en el Rancho!

December 7, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Castro Adobe State Historic Park, 184 Old Adobe Road
Watsonville, CA 95076
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Please bring your family and join us as we celebrate the season at our adobe. Warm up with some traditional hot chocolate from our cozy cocina, make new friends over games and crafts, and relax with some festive music. Staff and volunteers will make themselves available to share the stories of the Pájaro Valley’s park as we look back on celebrations past and look forward to the year to come. Event is free; limited parking (carpooling encouraged). Active construction site,…

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