Yucaipa Adobe to reopen for guided tours on third Sunday afternoon each month

By on October 4, 2017

After having been closed for restoration the Yucaipa Adobe will reopen for guided tours beginning on Sunday, Oct. 15. For the remainder of 2017 the historic adobe will be open for guided tours on the third Sunday afternoon each month (Nov. 19 and Dec. 17) from 1 to 4 p.m.

“We are pleased to be able to open this site to the public,” said Jennifer Dickerson, the museum’s curator of history. “This is being made possible with the help of members of the Yucaipa Valley Historical Society, who will be leading the tours. Their connections with the history of the Yucaipa Valley along with special training they’ve undertaken about this historic site makes our partnership with the society of special value to visitors.”

Tours will last approximately 20 minutes and will be offered with flexible start times between 1 and 3:30 to accommodate visitor arrivals. Reservations are not required. Visitors can explore the adobe and its grounds on their own following their tour.

The site, recognized as California State Historical Landmark #528, is furnished as it would have appeared in the 19th century. For the December 17 tours the site will be decorated with luminarias to recognize the holiday season.

The Yucaipa Adobe site was part of the San Bernardino Rancho, established by Antonio Maria Lugo in 1842. Lugo’s cousin, Diego Sepulveda, brought a herd of cattle and settled in the Yucaipa Valley. Although oral tradition attributed the Yucaipa Adobe to Sepulveda, restoration in 1989 and 1990 revealed clues that suggest that Sepulveda’s adobe was located a few hundred yards away and that the existing building was constructed in 1858–1859 by James Waters.

Waters was a hunter, trapper, and mountaineer who later became a noted county citizen and who was elected a San Bernardino County Supervisor.  Waters’ ranch was purchased by John Dunlap in 1869 and the Dunlap family maintained ties to the ranch until the 1950s. In 1954, the Yucaipa Women’s Club raised funds to save the adobe home from demolition, and it later became part of the San Bernardino County Museum system.

The Yucaipa Adobe is located at 32183 Kentucky Street in Yucaipa. General admission is $5 for adults, $4 for military personnel and seniors, and $2.50 for students or children. Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. The tours are included with admission.

The Yucaipa Adobe is accessible for persons with disabilities. Parking is free. For more information regarding the San Bernardino County Museum and its various locations go to: www.sbcounty.gov/museum.