Sunday, November 11, 2012

History of Early California and Art quilts at the Adobe

One of the early families of the adobe

Rancho Buena Vista was a 2,288-acre (9.26 km2) Mexican land grant in present day San Diego County, California given in 1845 by Governor Pío Pico to Felipe, an Indian. The name means "good view" in Spanish. The grant was south of San Luis Rey River and Rancho Monserate and encompassed present day Vista.Formerly a part of Mission San Luis Rey lands, the grant was made to Felipe Subria, a mission Indian. His daughter Maria La Garcia, who married William B. Dunn, inherited the property, and then sold it to Jesus Machado.
With the cession of California to the United States following the Mexican-American War, the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo provided that the land grants would be honored. As required by the Land Act of 1851, a claim was filed with the Public Land Commission in 1853,and the grant was patented to Jesús Machado Jesús Machado (1823- ) married 1850 Lugarda Osuna de Alvarado, whose husband, José María Alvarado, had been killed in the Pauma Massacre.[3] When Jesús Machado was killed by Indians, his son, Luis G. Machado, inherited the rancho. Lorenzo Soto acquired the rancho from foreclosure in 1860. Lorenzo Soto (1821-1863) was the son of Francisco Soto of Rancho San Lorenzo Baja. Soto married María Ygnacia Morena, after his first wife died in 1857. After Lorenzo Soto’s death, his wife married Tomas Alvarado of Rancho Monserate. They then sold the Rancho to Cave Johnson Couts in 1866 Cave Johnson Couts (1821-1874), was a native of Tennessee, and was a nephew of Cave Johnson. Couts graduated from West Point in 1843 and came to California in 1849 as a lieutenant with the US Army forces occupying California following the Mexican–American War. Couts left the Army, and settled in San Diego. In 1849 he was commissioned to survey and map the pueblo lands of San Diego. He married Ysidora Bandini, the daughter of Juan Bandini in 1851. Couts began buying property and developing political influence in the area. Couts also owned Rancho Guajome and Rancho Vallecitos de San Marcos.[6] Having been appointed sub-agent for the San Luis Rey Indians in 1853, Couts employed Indian labor to improve the properties.After Couts died, his son, Cave J. Couts, Jr.(1856-1943), took over management of the ranchoIn 1874 Couts’ widow, Ysidora Bandini gave the Rancho Buena Vista to their daughter, Maria Antonia, who had married Chalmers Scott, as a wedding gift. Scott moved to San Diego and Maria Antonia gave Rancho Buena Vista to her sister, Ysidora, who had married George Fuller.

Thank you wikipedia!This was the easiest way to condense the history of the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe.
                                                            We walked thru the gates

 It was a very interesting tour!
 There is even a skeleton in the walls of the adobe that is sealed up.
 Our docent clearly loved her job.We were probably in the Adobe
  for about an hour.I almost forgot we were going to a quilt show.
 One of the owners Cave Couts was quite a character .The way our docent
spoke of him was really a colorful tale. I have to find books on this family it really
sparked my interest!
 He swept the wealthy daughter of Juan Bandini off her feet and married her.

                                                 The gift shop where we waited for our docent
                                                    to start our tour.


                                   There were many land grants owned by the Californios in San Diego

                                                      Rancho Buena Vista Adobe
                                           In this room a skeleton is sealed in the wall with a gun.
                                           Ghost hunters visit in October to look for Ghosts.
                                            There have been a few ghost sightings.I didn't see anything.

                                               School children in North county often visit the adobe


                                                                 I thought this was a pretty view

 The chapel in the adobe

The man that swept the Bandini daughter off her feet
Cave Couts

The lady of the house

                    The rooms are all linked but originally they were separate rooms.

One of the bedrooms. Originally there were no beds
The family members would just roll out
 bedding at night and sleep 
on the floor. 

There were many owners of the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe
One of them was a California starlet during the 1930's the bathroom reflects her taste.

wool knitted swimsuit

   The bathroom
 The starlet

We left the adobe and then went across to see the Art Quilts
The contrast of old historical building and the art quilts
was interesting to see.

Ladies from a bus tour enjoying the quilts

Believe it or not this was just part of our day after that we were off to the Escondido
Quilt show more pics later this week.
Here is one quilt from that show.

   Little Jack with a hat I bought him 
    at the quilt show.He loved it!
     Jack is almost a year and a half. 
   He is thinking of something.Lol.    


Rugs and Pugs said...

Jack is already a year and a half? My how time flies!
The Ranco looks like an interesting place to visit.
I guess I don't get modern quilts just like I don't get modern! I admire the workmanship but I just don't get it.
Hugs :)

Julia said...

Cheri, I don't mean to be negative but that Adobe place gave me the creeps. I don't know why.

The little man looks cute with his new hat but maybe he had the creeps too... lol
The quilts are lovely

Larkrise garden girl said...

Hi Gals, I am not an Art Quilt person but it's always good to look at something new. I love primitive traditional quilts. The adobe is old and does have a interesting feeling inside the walls.Hugs Cheri