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“Great Place, one of the few historic sites still open”

Cooper-Molera Adobe
Ranked #62 of 113 things to do in Monterey
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Owner description: Step back into the life and times of the 19th century when visiting this historic home and gardens dating back to the 1800s.
Reviewed October 24, 2010

Due to budget cuts, this is one of the only historic houses that is readily accessible. It's open 10-4 most days, but check the web site to confirm, as that could change. The Cooper-Molera Adobe is an interesting historical house, definitely worth a 30-minute visit, or longer if you want to browse in the old-time country store. You enter through the store, which features antique toys, local foods, country crafts, historic books, etc.

The inside courtyard and gardens are lovely, and being well-maintained despite the budget problems. First, head to the room near the right rear of the courtyard, which houses a small museum. You can read a few things that tell you about the house and pick up a brochure that tells you a little about the buildings and garden. The outdoor kitchen is near the entrance to the store. There is also a barn constructed of local redwood. There are a couple good explanations of adobe construction and buildings that are examples of each as the owners added on to the original property.

The surrounding neighborhood is very nice and includes some beautiful homes. There is also a nice coffee shop and a Trader Joe's nearby.

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Reviewed January 19, 2008

The gift shop is adorable, the house is neat, but the gardens are fantastic. Bring a picnic lunch, or let the kids hunt for the chickens. So beautiful, and a great taste of history.

Check it out on the fourth of July, when they have a special event to teach the history. They have dancers in the barn, metal workers, ranch games and so much more. The kids also made their own tortillas and leather items.

The Adobe is free on a regular day, and fun for a short visit.

1  Thank Aubry D
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