active construction site; only open during scheduled events
Rancho San Andrés Castro Adobe Park Property
Open House at the Castro Adobe: Luck o’ the Castros
Saturday, March 18 from 11 am to 3 pm
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.
Free admission (donations gratefully accepted). Limited parking (carpooling encouraged). Active construction site, open only during scheduled events like this.
Open House at the Castro Adobe: 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.
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.
Upcoming Open House Dates
Saturday March 18, 2017
Saturday April 22, 2017
Saturday May 13, 2017
Saturday June 17, 2017
Saturday July 22, 2017
Saturday August 19, 2017
Saturday September 16, 2017
Saturday October 14, 2017
Saturday November 18, 2017
Saturday December 9, 2017
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