The Don Fernando Pacheco Adobe is located in Concord, California, at 3119 Grant Street. The Fernando Pacheco Adobe is the only Concord landmark listed on all three Historical Registers: the entry on the National Register took place on June 6, 1980; the landmark number registered in California is 455, and the designation of the Concord Historical Landmark is 1-26-26/5458. In the early 1850s, Don Fernando established the Adobe as the base of operations for his growing ranch activities, and as the former residence of his family. Fernando was Don Salvio Pacheco's oldest son.
He was born on May 30, 1818, while his father was assigned to a Militia-Guard unit at the Pueblo of San Jose. At age 17, he was sent to take possession and mark the boundaries of his father's 17,921-acre land grant. Fernando was given 1,500 acres as an initial share of the rancho.
Afterward, he married a widow, Pasquale (Figeroa) (Juarez). Their six children were raised in Adobe: Pedro, Bonifacio, Cipriana, Maria Asuncion (who married Jose Julian Cantua), Librada, and Bersabe. The family of Don Fernando enjoyed a reputation as generous hosts. On Adobe's then lush, well-irrigated fields, they were renowned for their hospitality and elaborate fiestas. The 32 " thick walls of the Adobe were made of local adobe clay.
Up to 1918, ownership remained with the descendants of Don Fernando. The land and adobe were then sold to the Water Service Company of California; it was then essentially abandoned. In 1940, the title of 2 and 1/2 acres was transferred to Contra Costa County, which leased it to the Horsemen's Association, and the deteriorating adobe building. The Horsemen underwent a significant recovery and used their headquarters for the then remote facility and corral. The nation sold Adobe and its land to its present owner, the City of Concord, in 1979. The Horsemen, the area, and the Concord Historical Society completed another restoration project in the early 1980s to stabilize the Adobe landmark.
The Horsemen's Association is continuing its on-site operations. At 3119 Grant Lane, now well inside the city limits, the Fernando Pacheco Adobe is located. It is next to Hillcrest Park and the marker of the De Anza Expedition Memorial.
This hidden gem in Concord, California is located near some other must-see places of interest:
- The Galindo Home
- Markham Nature Park & Arboretum
- Historical Eichler Homes of Concord
- Salvio Pacheco Square
- Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial
- John Muir National Historic Site
- De Martini Winery
- Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
All of these wonderful - but not so well known - attractions are located just a short distance from our location at 1261 Locust Street in Walnut Creek, California! Stop by for a visit anytime!