Machado-Smith adobe, gardens coming to Old Town!

This area at one popular entrance to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, near the McCoy House Museum, is the site of a newly begun historical reconstruction.
An area beside a popular entrance to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, near the McCoy House Museum, will be the site of an historical reconstruction.

Their are plans to bring more history to life in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park! A reconstruction of the Machado-Smith adobe and wood-framed house, including gardens and orchards, will greet future visitors to San Diego’s birthplace!

According to a sign that I read, after archaeological assessments (which appear to be underway right now), the Machado-Smith 1860s adobe casa and 1850s wood-framed house will be built near the main walkway that leads visitors from the Old Town Trolley Station into the California State Park. Also planned is a grapevine covered arbor and gardens and orchards with corn, grapes, figs, roses and fruit trees!

According to some research and a State Park employee that I spoke to, the house was built for American Albert Benjamin Smith and his Mexican wife María Guadalupe Yldefonsa Machado de Wilder who together raised nine children. The property remained with the family until 1929. Eventually the house fell into disrepair.

It is uncertain when the new construction will begin, but I’ll keep my eyes open!

Once completed, the Machado-Smith reconstruction will offer interpretive programs concerning Old Town San Diego’s unique mixture of Mexican Californio and American cultures! Very cool!

I was told by a California State Park employee that bits of pottery and other fascinating objects have been found at this site. It's believed a pottery or craft store was here at one time.
I was told by a California State Park employee that bits of pottery and other interesting objects have been found at this site.
An historically accurate reconstruction of the mid 1800's Machado-Smith property will soon be built in Old Town San Diego. Included will be an adobe casa, wood-framed house and gardens.
An historically accurate reconstruction of the mid 1800’s Machado-Smith property will be built in Old Town San Diego. Included will be an adobe casa, wood-framed house and gardens.

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Downtown San Diego has been my home for many years. My online activities reflect my love for writing, blogging, walking and photography.

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