Castro Adobe State Historic Park
184 Old Adobe Road (off of Larkin Valley Road)
Watsonville, CA 95076 United States
The whitewash had barely dried when the Fort Tejon Earthquake shook our adobe in 1857. Just half a century later it was rocked by the same earthquake that practically destroyed San Francisco. Through a combination of sound construction, wise renovations, and perhaps some luck, enough of our adobe survived a direct hit from the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989 for us to reconstruct as the Pájaro Valley’s own state park. Check in on the reconstruction, enjoy a snack from the restored cocina, and see how we’ve prepared for future earthquakes. This park is currently an active construction site as the adobe building is being repaired and is open only during scheduled events. Castro Adobe is the first non-beach State Historic Park in the Pajaro Valley, the two-story Rancho San Andrés Castro Adobe, built between 1848-49, is one of the finest examples of a rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area. Friends is leading a multi-year restoration effort to preserve and interpret Pajaro Valley’s first State Historic Park in partnership with California State Parks. The open house event is free to attend; donations greatly accepted. Leashed dogs are allowed in the parking area only. Limited parking (carpooling encouraged). Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.