CAMP PENDLETON HISTORICAL SOCIETY, INC.
Preserving a Rich and Colorful History
Several historic buildings serve as reminders of Camp Pendleton’s rich and colorful past. CPHS is dedicated to helping the Marine Corps restore and maintain these historic structures and to help build a visitor’s center and museum to give the public a better understanding of Camp Pendleton’s history and the exploits of its' Marines and sailors.
For tours and all other events at the Santa Margarita Ranch House National Historic Site, the Las Flores Adobe National Historic Landmark, or the Marine Corps Mechanized Museum, contact the Camp Pendleton Museum Office at 760-725-5758 or send your request via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ranch House tours are given by appointment and are currently available on the 1st Tuesday, 2nd Wednesday, 3rd Thursday, and 4th Saturday of the month. Las Flores tours are scheduled for the 2nd Friday of the month. Tours are not available on holidays.
The story of SSgt. Reckless, who lived out her retirement years at Camp Pendleton, has resurfaced on the internet. Also, she is now memorialized with a statute dedicated to her memory on the campus of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia.
The 8,500 square foot Santa Margarita y Las Flores Ranch House (circa 1927) was and remains the center of ranch and Marine Corps Base life. Situated on 21 acres, this beautiful building on the National Register of Historical Sites. Over the years some of California's most famous familes, Pico, Forster, and O'Neill, along with the families of 35 Marine Corps general officers have called the Ranch House home. While it remains a stunning visual example of early California architecture, its infrastructure badly needs significant and costly repairs.
The Chapel, which is part of the Ranch House compound, began as a winery in 1810 when the land belonged to Mission San Luis Rey. Badly damaged by a flood in 1993, it has been carefully restored. Private donations played a significant role in the restoration. Today, this lovely chapel hosts worship services and weddings.
The Las Flores adobe, located 14 miles north of the Ranch House, dates from 1864 when the Forster family gave it to their son as a wedding gift. Over the years it has served as hom to ranchers and farmers working that part of the property. The adobe needs extensive renovations to restore it to its former grandeur. CPHS is working with Camp Pendleton to make this possible.
The Camp Pendleton Historical Society is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), corporation dedicated to supporting and promoting the historical programs of Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton by,
* raising funds for the preservation of Base historic sites and museums,
* promoting public pride and patriotism through an understanding of the historical, cultural, and architectural significance of the Base as mission land, a working ranch, and an amphibious training base, and
* increasing public awareness of the Marine Corps role in preserving this national treasure.
New Active Duty Membership Level now available for only $35.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Col. Richard B. Rothwell, USMC (Ret)
Col. James L. Williams, USMC (Ret)
Col. Joe. J. Kirkpatrick, USMC (Ret)
Col. Steve Fisher, USMC (Ret)
Daniel S. Hapke, Esq.
Lt.Col. Jerry Broeckert, USMC (Ret)
COUNCIL OF ADVISORS
Lt.Gen. Matthew D. Cooper, USMC (Ret)
FOURTH QUARTER 2013
In 1769, a Spaniard by the name of Capt. Gaspar de Portola led an expeditionary force that included Father Junipero Serra, northward from lower California, seeking to establish Franciscan missions throughout California. On July 20 of that same year, the expedition arrived at a location now known as Camp Pendleton, and as it was the holy day St. Margaret, they baptized the land in the name of Santa Margarita. more...
CAMP PENDLETON HISTORICAL SOCIETY IS A NON-FEDERAL ENTITY. IT IS NOT A PART OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE OR ANY OF ITS COMPONENTS AND IT HAS NO GOVERNMENTAL STATUS.
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