The 8,500 square ft. adobe Ranch House, 8,500 sq. ft., was built on Rancho Santa Margarita Y Las Flores, a huge land grant from the Mexican Government in the mid-1800’s. The Rancho was purchased by the US Government at the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the early 1940’s to train U. S. Marines for war. The Ranch House served as the home of the Commanding General of the Marine Base until about 3 years ago. It is richly furnished in antiques from the Rancho Period, and visitors learn about many famous visitors, including President Roosevelt.
The tour starts in the Chapel, which has an interesting history since its origin in the 1800’s.
The tour will be Thursday April 7th 2011
Arrive at the front gate of the Marine Corps Base just off I-5 in Oceanside, and tell the guard you’re there for a tour at the Ranch House. You should arrive at the front gate about 9:15 AM because we’re asked to arrive in the parking lot by the chapel at 9:45 for a 10 AM tour.
At the front gate of the Base,you’ll be asked to show:
1. A current valid driver’s license,
2. Current proof of auto insurance, and
3. Current auto registration.
Drive north on Vandegrift Boulevard for a few miles, past the helicopter base on the left, and then watch for the sign for the Ranch House and Chapel on your left among tall eucalyptus trees. Park in the parking lot by the chapel, which is a few yards to the southwest of the big Ranch House.