Friends is leading a multi-year restoration effort to open the Castro Adobe as a State Historic Park in partnership with California State Parks. It is the first State Historic Park in the Pajaro Valley. The Castro Adobe is open on a limited basis for special events, such as Open House Days.
Friends undertook the restoration of the Castro Adobe in order to preserve and interpret for the public the only remaining building of the Rancho era in the Pajaro Valley. The Castro Adobe is one of the finest examples of a rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area. It is an excellent representation of a Monterey-Colonial adobe and is an important example of Northern California’s Rancho Period.
Castro Adobe State Historic Park will serve visitors from throughout California and beyond, as well as locals including fourth graders studying the Mexican Rancho Period and third graders studying local history. In the cocina (kitchen), there will be a tangible link between Latino traditions of today and Californio heritage as students and other visitors cook tortillas, and eat them with beans and nopales (cactus), just as in the Rancho period and still enjoyed today.
The Edna Kimbro Library and Archives – Center for Early California Studies will be opened to serve scholars and visitors interested in studying the cultural heritage of early California.
Follow the progress of this newest California State Park on the Castro Blog.
All donations to the Castro Adobe will be matched 1:1 by the James & Carol Toney Fund (up to $317,920). Gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
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