A beautiful home in a dismal location, or even a dull setting, is less appealing than one which has a story. Rancho Bernado (RB) is a community of acres upon acres of golf courses, rolling hills, mountain views, and the ever changing Lake Hodges. The face of Rancho Bernardo was once one of cattle ranches, and it’s boundaries were not Escondido, Poway, and Penasquitos. In 1769, the King Spain bestowed land grants to reward his supporters, and encourage development of this area. Cattle ranches and farms consisted of thousands of acres, and the area that we now think of as Rancho Bernardo, was part of a large ranch that stretched as far south as Camp Elliott, in Mira Mesa.
The original town of Pomerado which became part of RB, was submerged when Lk. Hodges Damn was built in 1918. That tall peak on the left is Battle Mountain home of the white cross facing I-15, near Sikes Adobe Farmhouse.
If you agree that the history of the place gives it dimension and significance, here’s your chance to learn much more about RB’s past. On February 25, Rancho Bernardo Historical Society (RBHS) presents a special program featuring Early Spanish California History.
Friday, February 25 at 10 a.m. at the Museum at the Bernardo Winery
This is the first in a series of the speakers program offered at the RBHS Museum. Chris Knudson, a member of Los Californianos, will discuss Spanish California 1769 to 1823. Along with his passion for local history, Chris will share Spanish Era artifacts with the audience during his talk. This free one hour program will be presented at the Museum located in the Bernardo Winery at 13330 Paseo del Verano Norte.
Chris Knudson is an 8th-generation San Diegan and a direct descendent of José Fransciso de Ortega, one of San Diego’s founders who served as the Path-finder to the Portolá-Serra Expedition (La Ultima Conquista) of 1769 and personally escorted Father Junipero Serra to the site of the original Presidio in San Diego, where he would go on to serve as the Presidio’s first Commandant. Chris is a graduate of San Diego State. In addition to his involvement in the study of antique arms and armor, he provides private tours of early California historical sites and donates his time as a keynote speaker for speaking engagements addressing topics related to early California history.
If you are considering a home in or around Rancho Bernardo, and you’d like to learn more about how the past joined the future in 1962
attend the Rancho Bernardo Historical Society’s new Speaker’s Series. Learn more about your prospective home.