Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum



Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum

Battle Reenactment 2015

October 10th and 11th

  • Saturday living history encampment is 10am to 4pm
  • Sunday living history encampment is 10am to 4pm
  • Battles are at 11:30am and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday
  • This year horses will be the battle!
  • There are demonstrations throughout each day  and every 30 minutes starting at 10am there is something going on in the camps.
  • This year the living history camp will feature Kansas Mercantile with a book signing by Sara Kay Bierle, Cathy and Clay Gobert with the Peddler’s Cart, Sew Cranky and the hand crank sewing machines, live music by Panada, Washington Artillery and the cannon, and more  See below!

Schedule of Events 2015

Two days of  1800’s California based living history, also featuring a reenactment of the 1846 Battle of Dominguez Hill—also known as the Battle of the Old Woman’s Gun.

  • Living History Encampment encompassing the 1800s open all day both days
  • Battle re-creations from the Mexican American War featuring the Californios and their horses against the U.S. Navy
  • Meet people from the 1800s such as the Dominguez sisters, quilters, musicians, soldiers, seamstresses, crafts people, tavern keepers, bookshop keeper, chaplain, mountain men and more
  • Visit an 1800s frontier camp, bookshop, parlour, and mercantile
  • Attend a period church service Sunday morning at 10am
  • Learn about lace making and sewing
  • Musical performances both days by Panada
  • Adobe brick making, corn husk doll making, and handkerchief doll making
  • Cooking and tortilla making (demonstrations on both) and you get to taste the tortillas you make
  • Children’s games and pastimes (participate as you learn) and enjoy some outdoor fun
  • Californio and U.S. Navy encampment re-creations
  • Time period clothing and items for sale
  • Cannon firing
  • Actual historic site of the battle
  • And more!

There will be food and drink for purchase at the event as well.

If it were not for an elderly woman named Ignacia Reyes and the cleverness of Captain Jose Antonio Carrillo, the Mexican-American War Dominguez Hill Battle would have been lost. Carrillo and his 50 troops were able to trick 299 U.S. military troops into believing that they were outnumbered with strategic use of horses, lances, and one cannon.

That one cannon had been hidden by Reyes behind her house just before U.S. troops seized Los Angeles in 1846. Having the cannon was such a large part of the victory that the battle was nicknamed “The Battle of the Old Woman’s Gun” in Reyes’s honor.

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Reenactor Registration Information 2015
Reenactment Waiver Friends 2015

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    Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
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    30
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    Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
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    10:00 am Battle of Dominguez Hill: 2017 @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Battle of Dominguez Hill: 2017 @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
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