FIESTA! At the Adobe

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For the 15th year, the Historical Society of the Centinela Valley invites you to attend their Fiesta! on the grounds of the Centinela Adobe, the birthplace of Inglewood.  The free event is Sunday, September 14, Noon-4PM at 7634 Midfield Avenue, Los Angeles 90045.

 

Step back in time as you stroll the grounds and listen to Mariachis, watch Folklorico dancers, and enjoy the Piñata Party.  You will also see a bit of Rancho life in the demonstrations of lace making and wool spinning for clothing, and butter churning.   You can even have a taste of the fresh-churned butter that early settlers used. 

 

Enjoy authentic period foods (at very small prices).  There will be period authentic warm handmade tortillas, quesadillas, and pan dulce (sweet breads), just the way they were made in the Rancho days.

 

Tour the historic buildings, Machado Adobe, built in 1834, and the Freeman Land Office, from 1887. 

 

The Adobe is the birthplace of Inglewood, and the seat of Centinela Rancho, the name of the combined Rancho Sausal Redondo and Rancho Aquaje de la Centinela.  Originally part of Inglewood, the Adobe was cut off from the rest of our city by the construction of the San Diego Freeway in the 1960s.  Though it is still part of Inglewood, the Adobe now sits in the Los Angeles suburb of Westchester. 

 

Inside the Adobe you’ll explore how the residents lived in the Victorian era of the late 1800s.   The Adobe was continuously occupied for 141 years, from the Machado family who built it in 1834, through a succession of owners and caretakers into the mid-1970s.  The Adobe has been furnished in the Victorian style, as that was the period in which Daniel Freeman, founder of Inglewood, and his family lived there.

 

Attached to the Adobe structure is the Armed Services Memorial Room.  This room has photos and other fascinating memorabilia from American wars.

 

Step into the Daniel Freeman Land Office to discover what a land office of the period was like.  Also in the land office are artifacts of early Inglewood, among them, an 1888 map of the city, displays of the Inglewood Poultry Colony and Chinchilla Farm, as well as bits and pieces of various other early businesses.

 

If all this weren’t enough to entice you, displays of the beginning of the aerospace defense and exploration industry, right here in Inglewood, will be available for viewing.   

 

Inglewood has a marvelously diverse history and this is your chance to learn all about it.  So, gather the whole family and spend the afternoon at the Centinela Adobe Fiesta! 

 

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