- February 11, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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. These candlelight, after-hours tours will begin every fifteen minutes between 6 and 8 p.m. and last about an hour. The evening will conclude with a reception of our own: a sumptuous dessert and live romantic music in the gardens.
Meet Juan and Rafaela Temple, builders of the adobe home in 1844, as they explain how they first met, describe their Mexican-era wedding, and share what life was like on a cattle ranch in the mid-19th century. Guests will also encounter Jotham and Margaret Bixby, second owners of the Rancho, as they reminisce about their courtship during the Civil War and their move to Southern California. John and Susan Bixby, who married in the Rancho’s parlor after a secret courtship that took place in the early 1870s, will also tell their story.
Stepping into the twentieth century, guests will be introduced to Manuel and Concepcion Liera, boarders who met and married at the Rancho in the 1920s. The real-life Lieras celebrated their wedding at the Rancho in 1924 – and their 70th wedding anniversary at the site in 1994! Tours will end in the library with Llewellyn and Avis Bixby, who renovated the Rancho in 1930 and lived there during the Great Depression.
Each tour is scheduled in 15-minute increments and lasts roughly one hour. Visitors will need to arrive promptly at their designated time.
Please note that a small portion of this tour is not wheelchair-accessible.