Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores

Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores Bienvenidos to Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores Docents page. The historic Ranch House located on Vandegrift Blvd was home to many Commanding Generals of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton up till 2007.

TOUR INFORMATION
Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores is now open for tours. We are still social distancing and require masks. To schedule a tour, you can leave a message at (760)725-5758 or email [email protected]. Please submit request a couple of weeks in advance of your desired date. This gives us time to check everyone's calendar and respond back to you. We look forward to meeting you

TOUR INFORMATION
Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores is now open for tours. We are still social distancing and require masks. To schedule a tour, you can leave a message at (760)725-5758 or email [email protected]. Please submit request a couple of weeks in advance of your desired date. This gives us time to check everyone's calendar and respond back to you. We look forward to meeting you

Operating as usual

Circa 1985
03/26/2021

Circa 1985

Circa 1985

Our book, Rancho Santa Margarita Remembered can be ordered by emailing RSMyLF.docent.treas@gmail.com.  It is$19.50 inc. ...
03/26/2021

Our book, Rancho Santa Margarita Remembered can be ordered by emailing [email protected]. It is$19.50 inc. tax plus shipping.

Our book, Rancho Santa Margarita Remembered can be ordered by emailing [email protected]. It is$19.50 inc. tax plus shipping.

Please consider adding Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores Docents to your Amazon Smile donations.  Every little bit cou...
03/12/2021

Please consider adding Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores Docents to your Amazon Smile donations. Every little bit counts!

Please consider adding Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores Docents to your Amazon Smile donations. Every little bit counts!

09/26/2020

Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores is now open for tours for small groups of 10 or less. We are still social distancing and require masks. To schedule a tour, you can leave a message at (760)725-5758 or email [email protected]. Please submit request a couple of weeks in advance of your desired date. This gives us time to check everyone's calendar and respond back to you.
Thank you!

03/01/2020

Thank you Harold for your kind words! We so appreciate your taking the time to let us know you enjoyed the Rancho tour!

Staff Sgt. Reckless retired at Camp Pendleton.
06/20/2019

Staff Sgt. Reckless retired at Camp Pendleton.

Staff Sgt. Reckless retired at Camp Pendleton.

Bunkhouse
06/20/2019

Bunkhouse

Ranch House compound
06/20/2019

Ranch House compound

Ranch House compound

06/19/2019

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Come join our docent program!

Las Flores Adobe
06/19/2019

Las Flores Adobe

Ranch House
06/19/2019

Ranch House

In celebration of Camp Pendleton's 75th anniversary, the docents are leading special tours each month. Coming up July 7t...
06/12/2017

In celebration of Camp Pendleton's 75th anniversary, the docents are leading special tours each month. Coming up July 7th we will be offering a tour of the Las Flores Adobe. Come hear about the rich history of this home and grounds! For tour information please call (760) 725-5758.

11/15/2015

Address

Vandegrift Blvd & Basilone Rd
Oceanside, CA
92058

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Our Story

Bienvenidos to the Ranch House, former home of the Commanding General of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Your tour of the Ranch House Complex features more than half a century of traditional hospitality and generosity. Rancho Santa Margarita history includes key events and figures from the history of California and the nation. The Ranch House has provided shelter and an administrative center for inhabitants of the Rancho Santa Margarita since 1841. The wide adobe walls of the rancho, the rustle of eucalyptus leaves and the vivid purples of bougainvillea evoke mental images of early Native Americans, Spanish explorers, turbulent Mexican and American conquest, giant cattle drives, exciting rodeos, and fiestas enlivened by laughter and Spanish guitars. The Rancho derives its name from the feast day of St. Margaret of Antioch. It was recorded by Father Crespi on July 20, 1769 as he traveled northward through this valley as part of Gaspar de Portolà expedition. Later, the valley was included as part of Mission San Luis Rey. Records from 1827 describe a building, generally in the Ranch House area, used for storage and shelter. Since then, the Rancho has seen several owners and many changes. Pío and Andrés Pico applied to the Mexican Governor far the Rancho Santa Margarita land and thereby became the owners of the largest Mexican land grant in Southern California. A young Englishman, John Forster, married Pío and Andrés' sister, Ysidora and gained two large properties of his own. Don Juan (John) Forster later paid off Pío's large gambling debt and added to his holding the Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores, creating a land holding totaIing more than 335 square miles extending from the Ranch House north nearly to El Toro. His children sold the Rancho to James Flood, who expressed an enthusiasm and interest in it. Flood later split the property with his friend and ranch manager, Richard O'Neill. Some time later, half the interest of the Ranch was deeded to O'NeilI. Following the deaths of both James Flood and Richard O'NeiII, the Rancho was managed by Richard's son Jerome. He enclosed the buggy shed and expanded the house to its current size. After Jerome's death in 1926, the Rancho was operated by various managers on behalf of the Flood and O'NeilI heirs.

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What a historical journey we experienced at the Rancho Santa Margarita Y Las Flores Tour. Dating back to the late 1700's this property was once part of the Mission San Luis Rey. Our most sincere thanks to the Docents for this historical journey we experienced recently. The entire tour was an hour and a half, but we could have spent the day! The Docents are volunteers and are able to provide their expertise for simple donations. This is simply a gem and we highly recommend it.