Rancho Nipomo Dana Adobe reopens for Sunday tours

The Rancho Nipomo Dana Adobe will reopen for tours on Sundays starting this weekend so that visitors can see some of the restoration work in progress.

Many end-of-the-year events at the historic structure have been postponed while construction is ongoing, said Executive Director Marina B. Washburn.

But visitors can tour the newly restored areas of the adobe, which was built over a 12-year period by Capt. William Goodwin Dana, who finished it in 1851.

The Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos have received two grants from the California Cultural and Historical Endowment.

A 2008 grant of $861,167 helped the nonprofit group purchase 29 acres around the adobe, shingle the roof and restore the cupola and veranda. Last year, the group received a $330,960 grant to complete the reconstruction of the kitchen, the milking room, the store room and the courtyard.

In addition, the organization received $122,000 in 2008 from the San Luis Obispo-based Hind Foundation, which also went toward restoration work.

Earlier this year, the group received a $2.98 million grant to construct a nature education facility and visitors center near the historic home. The grant money comes from Proposition 84, a bond approved by California voters in 2006.

The tours are hosted by a Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos board member or a docent on Sunday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m.

The adobe is located at 671 S. Oakglen Avenue in Nipomo. For more information, go to http://www.danaadobe.org.