Museum Highlights

Museum Highlights

The Adobe as a Museum

The main Adobe building by itself is our most important artifact. As you walk through the various rooms of the Adobe and the gardens you will see many interesting artifacts as well as period pieces that have been collected over the years to depict the people, the lifestyle and material objects to tell a story of a bygone era.

Museum Collections

The Adobe Museum features several photographs and artifacts that are displayed throughout the Adobe which help us better understand the history of this Adobe and the surrounding areas.

A few of the highlight pieces will be curated here on a rotating basis so be be sure to visit this page frequently.

T'epot'aha'l (the People of the Salinan Tribe) and related artifacts


As you enter the Adobe, to your left you will come across a display of the T'epot'aha'l (the people of the Salinan tribe) who were the original inhabitants of this region along the Salinas river.

T'epot'aha'l Artifacts

Material objects used by the T'epot'aha'l who lived in California for at least 10,000 years are on display. These were likely used for grinding nuts, acorns etc. for food preparation.

Salinan local area artifacts and images of Cave Painting

Artifacts collection donated by Ella Adams shows an assortment of food preparation grinding stones. Paintings of hands are also pictured here.

Artifacts from the Stage Coach and Wells Fargo Days

Various Safes and other interesting period pieces

Display of Collections in the Adobe Rooms


The Historic Rios-Caledonia Entrance

El Camino Real Road

A section of the original El Camino Real Road.

Wishing Well and Wall built by Mr. Dorries in mid 1900's

100 year old Eucalyptus tree and entryway built by Mr. Dorries in 1930's.

Century old cactus planted at the South End .

Backside of Entry Way Adobe Wall and gate.

Water Tank installed by Mr. Dorries to collect rain water.

Old El Camino Real road and Windmill donated from a ranch near Parkfield.

Gasoline pump for visitors installed by Mr. Dorries.

Sign showing the formerly Old Stage Coach Road (1915) paved as Highway 101 used until 1938.

Birdhouse built by Mr. Dorries (currently used for storage).

Cactus fruit.

View of the gardens.

Agricultural wagon on display.

Museum Grounds

Caledonia Grounds Brochure.pdf


Short Video Clips Of The Interior of the Adobe Museum

A Downstairs 1

Center Room Downstairs

B Downstairs Classroom 1

Schoolroom Downstairs

C Upstairs middle No rooms

Center Room Upstairs

D Upstairs Kids room UL

Upstairs Childrens Rooms

E Seamstress room UL

Upstairs Seamstress Room

F Bedroom UL

Upstairs Main Bedroom

G Downstairs shop UL

Entrance to the Museum and Gift Shop