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Rancho Nipomo Historical Dana Adobe Visit

What: Self-Guided Tour of the Historic Dana Adobe
When: Visitor Center open daily 11am-3pm; Tours available Saturday & Sunday, 11am-3pm and by appointment
Reservation Needed: No

The Dana Adobe was occupied by the Dana family as their home from 1839 until 1900. The 13-room adobe was built by Captain William Goodwin Dana in 1840.

Now known as the Dana Cultural Center, the Adobe is open to the public and is dedicated to the history, heritage, culture, and ecology of the early 19th century Rancho Era in California. The Adobe is a must see for stewardship travelers and anybody interested in early California history, Rancho history, Spanish colonial and Mexican history in California, nature education, conservation, habitat restoration and pre-contact history. The Rancho was an important stopping point along El Camino Real stagecoach route. It was the mail exchange point and on the trail to the gold rush fields in California.