A Tour of Rancho Los Cerritos

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Rancho Los Cerritos, one of the few surviving two-story adobes in Southern California, has been remodeled at least four times in the past 168 years. Each “reinvention” reveals distinct aspects of abiding social, political, environmental and economic change.

Join LAVA for what we do best: pulling back the layers of history and providing context for the very old places in this very new city. The living history docents of Rancho Los Cerritos will take us through the Rancho, the new interpretive center, and the gardens to give us a glimpse into the lives of people of Rancho Los Cerritos, and by extension other surrounding ranchos, whose ties of kin, and commerce are a strong and clear thread across these nearly two centuries and three changes in sovereignty.

This three-hour event will break into three parts: a tour of the rancho and new interpretive center (90 miunutes), a talk by Rancho Los Cerritos’ Executive Director Ellen Calomiris about her 22 years at the site (30 minutes), and a garden tour (30 minutes).