Rancho Los Cerritos is commemorating its 175th anniversary this year. It’s wonderful opportunity to visit and tour an early California house and gardens that were originally built in 1844.
In 1784, a Spanish soldier, Manuel Nieto, received a land grant of 300,000 acres as a reward for his military service and to encourage settlement in California. Nieto’s acreage was reduced in 1790 because of a dispute with the Mission San Gabriel, but he still laid claim to 167,000 acres stretching from the hills north of Whittier to the sea, and from today’s Los Angeles River to the Santa Ana River. Upon his death in 1804, his children inherited his property.
In 1840, Don Manuel Nieto’s descendants were numerous. The land was held jointly by 12 Cota family members. Doña Rafaela Cota married John Temple and he bought out the shares of the other family members.
Please join us for a docent-led house tour begins at 1:00 p.m. with an optional garden tour afterwards. The house tour is about an hour long. There is free ample parking on the lower parking area. There is a smaller parking lot with handicapped spaces beyond the driveway gate. The group capacity will be limited to 30 persons for the 1:00 p.m. house tour tour. Admission is free but attendees for 1:00 pm tour need to RSVP to Cathy Romero, firstname.lastname@example.org.
RSVP Deadline: Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019
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