Long Beach Rancho Los Cerritos
Rancho Los Cerritos is a national and state landmark that reflects local history from Native American habitation through Spanish, Mexican and American settlement into the 1940s. Part of Spain’s land grant to soldier Manuel Nieto, the land was later used for cattle ranching by Los Angeles merchant John Templeton before being sold to The Bixby Family. Long Beach was founded on a portion of the Rancho in the 1880s. Today, it is owned by the City of Long Beach, operated by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine as a historic site museum, and supported by two nonprofit groups, the Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation and Friends of Rancho Los Cerritos.
Romances at the Rancho, with its special Valentine’s-themed tours, will return February 11.
Since the Rancho was first built in 1844, it has been the site of great love stories. Visitors will be able to hear these stories first-hand, as costumed interpreters portray former Rancho residents.
The California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE) has awarded Rancho Los Cerritos a grant to build a 1930s-style cottage on site.
The 900-square-foot cottage will serve as offices and security, allowing more of the Rancho’s historic adobe building to be open to the public.
Photo from Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site Facebook Page.
A limited number of tickets are now on sale for Rancho Los Cerritos’ gala. This year’s theme, California Dreaming, celebrates 150 years of the Bixbys in Long Beach.
The rancho will host several events for prospective volunteers this fall.
Volunteer Open Houses — 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7; 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10. Learn about volunteer opportunities at the historic home and grounds, including greeting visitors, giving tours, or helping behind the scenes.
Squish some history between your toes at Mud Mania: A Celebration of Adobe! Guests will have the opportunity to make real adobe bricks, plaster the horno, construct a mini-adobe home, compete in mud relay races, and much more as they learn about our local adobe soil and its many uses throughout history.
Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is offering an exciting afternoon of free, good old-fashioned fun for children at Creation Station: Sunny Yellow. This drop-in, historically-themed craft workshop will be on Saturday, May 7th from 1-4pm and is perfect for children ages 5-11.
Just in time for spring, Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is offering an exciting afternoon of free, good old-fashioned fun for children at Creation Station: Lovely Lavender. This drop-in, historically-themed craft workshop will be on Saturday, March 5th from 1-4pm and is perfect for children ages 5-11.
In honor of St. Valentine’s Day, Rancho Los Cerritos will offer “after-hours” candlelit tours on Saturday, February 13, 2016.
Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site announces an afternoon of good, old-fashioned fun for youngsters on Saturday, November 7, 2015, when children ages 6-11 can create unique seasonal crafts and participate in a historically themed workshop.
Victor Ian Élan
Prepare to be enchanted and relive the mystery of Victorian magic as Victor Ian Élan provides a unique journey back in time in this interactive and awe-inspiring show, Soirées Mystique, on Saturday, October 24, 2015, at Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site.