Cooper Molera Adobe
Fully restored in the 1980s, this adobe displays the elegance and wealth of the John Rogers Cooper family. Cooper was from New England, immigrated to California, and married into a Mexican family. Cooper traveled extensively as a ship captain, trading in hides, tallow, general merchandise and sea otter pelts.
California State Park's operating agreement with this property's owners, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, expires in 2016. The extent to which CSP will continue to be present for tours, special events and interpretive programs will be determined in the future. National Trust plans include historic structure restoration, landscape improvements and the addition of a small café on the property. The Cooper Museum Store, once operated on the property closed December 31, 2015. The new Park gift shop has relocated to the Custom House and is now called The Custom House Store.
Garden at Cooper Molera Adobe
The grounds are unique in that almost two acres are available for exploration. Behind adobe walls, one can find barns, vegetable and fruit gardens, and a visitor center.
Also located here is the Cooper Store giftshop where one can sense the ambiance of a 19th Century general store that, today, supports Monterey State Historic Park. The store offers books, games from the past, greeting cards, and an extensive inventory of locally created gift items.
Cooper Molera House