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MAY 14, 2022 (10am - 3pm)



SAVE THE DATE : MAY 14, 2022 (Saturday)


Portraying Living History from SLO county


SEPTEMBER 10, 2021

JOIN US IN PERSON at the SLO History Center OR BY ZOOM


SAVE THE DATE : SEPTEMBER 10, 2021 (Friday)

Laverne Buckman, Steve Kalar and Dr. Vidya Schalk will present the Carnegie Lecture at the History Center of SLO County.

Details here:


Be sure to register for in person or to get a zoom link to watch from the comfort of your home.




Together with the Friends of the Adobes, the History Center presents our Summer 2021 Carnegie Lecture featuring the Rios-Caledonia Adobe in San Miguel.

The Rios-Caledonia Adobe was built in 1835 just south of the San Miguel Mission as a home for the overseer of Mission lands. It is located on the historic El Camino Real between San Francisco and Los Angeles and has seen railroad and highway influences over the years. Today it is owned by the County of San Luis Obispo, listed as a California Historical Landmark (#936) and also listed on the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places (#71000190). It is preserved and kept open to the public by the hard-working Friends of the Adobes volunteers.

Attend the virtual Carnegie lecture Friday, September 10 with Laverne Buckman, Steve Kalar, and Dr. Vidya Schalk. A point of interest: Steve is a 6th generation resident of San Miguel, and Laverne is a 5th generation SLO Co. resident on her mother's side and 4th on her father's. Together they will tell the story of the Rios-Caledonia, and describe the work they are doing to preserve this jewel of the North County

Plan to visit the Rios-Caledonia and enjoy a step back in time. From the south, take the first San Miguel exit off of 101 and the entrance to the adobe is just to your right. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome. Opening hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12:00 to 3:00.

If planning to come on Sunday, it is best to call first to confirm a docent is available. Also, feel free to call 805-467-3467 to arrange for a special group tour of no less than 6 people or to make sure a docent is available.

Visit their website at

Friday, September 10, 2021

5:30 pm

696 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo


​Online via Zoom

For September 2021, we will changing the format of the Carnegie Lecture series into a hybrid model. If you want to attend in person, you are welcome to do so. If you wish to continue viewing remotely via Zoom, you can do that too!

The lecture is free, but we ask that you register so that we know how many to expect in either format.

To register to attend in person, click here.

To register to attend virtually, click here.

Thank you!


MARK YOUR CALENDARS : AUGUST 28, 2021 (Saturday, 10am-4pm)


at the Rios-Caledonia Grounds

EVENT DETAILS: Living Days of History

Ever Wonder What It Was Like in California During The Civil War Days?

The Civil War in California?

An overview of the historic events as background for Civil War 're-enactment' as part of the History Days at the Historic Rios- Caledonia grounds

By Eric Paape

Most people when they think of the Civil War, thinks of things like Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Gettysburg and Shiloh. In other words, it’s something that happened back east, not in California.

While the bulk of the war was fought back east, California had been a state for about a decade when the war broke out. Many Californians had come from other parts of the country during the gold rush, so the state had people from all sorts of backgrounds and political beliefs.

When the war broke out, California formed several regiments of soldiers to support the North. While many had enlisted with the hopes of being shipped back east to participate in the major battles of the war, they were to be disappointed when the California troops were largely kept in California which permitted the regular army troops stationed in California to go back east. While a small patrol of the First California Infantry did fight a skirmish with small patrol of Confederate soldiers at Picacho Pass, Arizona, when the California troops fought they were much more likely to be fighting Native Americans or bandits than Confederates.

While California was a Northern state, and most of the men who enlisted did join northern units in the war, there was a lot of pro-Southern sentiment in the state. In 1861, a pro-Confederate militia formed in Los Angeles, called the Los Angeles Mounted Rifles, escorted the commander of the Department of the Pacific, Albert Syndey Johnston, who had resigned his commission to fight for the south, from Los Angeles to Texas. Once in Texas, the Mounted Rifles joined other units fighting for the south. In 1864, a pro-Confederate guerilla organization formed near San Jose and robbed a couple of stagecoaches near Placerville with the idea of shipping the bullion on the stage to the south to help finance the war.

Other less dramatic expressions of Southern support continued throughout the war and the California troops spent much of their time responding to reports of pro-Confederate activity throughout the state. This is what brought Company H, and part of Company C, of the 4th California Infantry to San Luis Obispo County.

The 4th California was formed in October of 1861 and its various companies were stationed throughout the west including California, Oregon, Washington Territory and Arizona Territory. Prior to coming to San Luis Obispo, Company H had been stationed at Auburn, Sacramento, Yuma (on the California side of the river) and Los Angeles.

In July of 1862, the military received two letters written by men from San Luis Obispo County complaining of secessionist activity in the county. There had even been a man shot in Hot Springs (also known then as Warm Springs, now known as Paso Robles) by a secessionist for voicing pro-Unions sympathies. Company H, along with a detachment from Company C, was ordered to San Luis Obispo.

On the morning of August 5, 84 men of the 4th California left Drum Barracks, near what is now Long Beach, and started the march for San Luis Obispo. They arrived on August 18 after having walked 258 miles, averaging about 18.5 miles per day. A week later, a patrol under the command of Lieutenant John Smith was sent to the northern portion of the County since most of the reports of pro-Confederate activity seemed to center on that area. One report submitted to the military at about this same time indicated that there were 242 armed members of the Knights of the Golden Circle (a pro-slavery secret society) in San Luis Obispo County although this number, as well as them being armed, is almost certainly an exaggeration.

So, what did the 4th California find in San Luis Obispo County? Apparently, not much. In one report back to Drum Barracks, the commander of the detachment in San Luis Obispo reported that he believed a chapter of the Knights of the Golden Circle did exist in the County but, at that time, he had been unable to ascertain as to whether there was an armed organization. He also reported that the presence of the military had a calming effect on those of southern sympathies.

A few months later, on November 10, 1864, convinced that there was no viable threat in the County, the men of the 4th California began their march back to Drum Barracks. It arrived on November 24, and remained stationed at Drum Barracks until after the end of the war. The regiment was mustered out of service on April 18, 1866.

Photographs courtesy of 2nd California Infantry at Fort Tejon.

Re-enactors portraying the Company G, 2nd California Infantry at Fort Tejon in 1864.

(Other images of Company D, I, 4th California Infantry)


Friends of the Adobes publishes newsletters periodically to inform its members and the community about the ongoing and planned activities at the Adobe.


FOTA Spring 2021 Newsletter.pdf

Current Newsletter

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FOTA 2020 December Blast.pdf
FOTA Summer 2020.09.pdf
FOTA Membership Drive Mailer.pdf
FOTA Spring 2020 04.01.pdf


In Memory of Ernie Morris

Remembering an extraordinary artist, friend, and humanitarian...

-Laverne Buckman , FOTA President

Because of his contributions to the Friends of the Adobe, inc. in the beginnings of restoration of the Rios-Caledonia adobe, we wanted all members to be aware of this extraordinary man and his special talent that has given us the art for our Friends of the Adobes logo.

Ernest "Ernie" Morris died peacefully in his sleep on May 5, 2021 at his ranch near Templeton, California. He was 93 years old. He is one of the local famous Vaquero artists of his time. He was one of the early contributors to the restoration of the Historic Rios-Caledonia with his famous drawing of the “old adobe stage stop” that he created to use for a fundraiser for restoration efforts. That drawing also became the logo for Friends of the Adobes. Copies of that drawing are still available at the Historic Rios-Caledonia gift shop. One of our current board members & artist, Steve Kalar, was fortunate to have known Ernie personally . So we asked Steve to share some memories of Ernie to share with our members in memoriam to Ernie.

My memories of Ernie Morris

-Steve Kalar

I remember the day I met the legend “Ernie Morris”. He and fellow artist Thomas Goff got together once a month in the Central Park of Paso Robles and displayed their art. My mother had discovered the event and asked them if I could come join them. I was 11 years old… painting on boards from the woodpile on the ranch. I remember that first day in the park and Ernie laughing at me, in pleasure, as I sold all of my art that first day. The time I was able to spend with him those days in the park, left a lasting imprint on me. I will never forget his encouraging comments and his inspiration by his presence. I will always remember him as a “vaquero cowboy”. I will remember the blue jeans and western shirt and always a red handkerchief around his neck and his ten gallon cowboy hat!