San Juan Bautista State Historic Park is a state park of California, United States. It preserves the historic center of town as it existed in 1877, when the Pio Pico Adobe was built, and features an adobe museum with exhibits about local history and culture. The park grounds include buildings that were moved here from other locations around town, and structures created by their new owners for different purposes. Among these are a blacksmith shop, a restaurant, barber shop, stable, cigar store, doctor’s office, and private home.
Visitors can walk through the buildings to learn more about life in late 19th-century San Juan Bautista, and see how residents lived and worked. There is also a small visitor center/museum located at the site of the former schoolhouse which has artifacts and displays about the lives of area settlers during the period immediately following the MexicanAmerican War. Exhibits feature household implements, clothing, furniture, tools, and agricultural equipment used from 1850 to 1915. A number of the buildings have been restored or rebuilt using original blueprints and plans. Others have been modified for use as restaurants, gift shops, museums, etc.
At present only four buildings house full-time historical interpreters, who provide tours of the facilities and answer questions about daily life in the old town. These include the Pio Pico building (the adobe), the Old Whaling Company Building, the Gustave Stickley House, and the Stevenson House Museum. In addition to interpreting the buildings, the staff provides educational programs about the history of the city and the region. Interpretive Programs Director Darlene Limon talks about her background and responsibilities within the organization, and shares some personal family histories as well.