active construction site; only open during scheduled events
Rancho San Andrés Castro Adobe Park Property
Located in the Pájaro Valley, the two-story Rancho San Andrés Castro Adobe is a historic rancho hacienda that was built between 1848-49. This park is currently an active construction site, and is open only during scheduled events.
Vaqueros y Bandidos
Saturday, April 22 from 11am to 3pm
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 to the celebration with you as our guests.
Free admission (donations gratefully accepted). Limited parking (carpooling encouraged). This park is currently an active construction site as the adobe building is being repaired and is open only during scheduled events.
Women of the Castro Adobe
Saturday, May 13 from 11 am to 3 pm
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 fun with the special women in your life.
Free admission (donations gratefully accepted). Limited parking (carpooling encouraged). Active construction site, open only during scheduled events like this. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.
Upcoming Open House Dates:
Saturday June 17, 2017
Saturday July 22, 2017
Saturday August 19, 2017
Saturday September 16, 2017
Saturday October 14, 2017
Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks.
The Castro Adobe is currently offering free 2.5 hour tours to supplement teaching of 3rd grade (local history) and 4th grade (California history) content standards. (K-college can be accomodated for tours by request.)
To set up your class visit, please contact Interpretive Naturalist Joseph Carr Ritchie at Joseph.Ritchie@parks.ca.gov (preferred) or (831) 226-9669.
Click here for a teacher's guide.
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