Find out what life was like on a California Rancho over 170 years ago during the “Rancho Days Celebration” on Sunday, March 13, from 11 am to 3 pm at the historic Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Drive in Ventura.
Experience Ventura’s Western heritage—Chumash, Mexican and Cowboy—at California’s only remaining Monterey Style adobe built in the 1840s by a Mexican family on the 4,694-acre cattle-and-crop land grant Rancho San Miguel.
Enjoy great period entertainment and try your hand at a dozen engaging and educational activities for the whole family with Rancho-era workshops..
Make adobe bricks. Grind corn and grill tortillas. Pan for gold. Rope a steer. Try beading, birding and animal tracking. Craft some Mexican paper flowers. Learn more about the Chumash natural and spiritual worlds, the adobe’s barrel organ, Gene West wooden toys, laundry days and Thaumatropes and old gadget guessing games plus watch antique gun demonstrations, tour the historic adobe with costumed docents.
The Rancho Days Celebration is an all-free event in celebration of the City of Ventura’s 150th anniversary of cityhood thanks to the sponsorship of Olivas family descendants Bill and Elise Kearney. www.cityofventura.net/olivasadobe