Battle of Rancho Dominguez

10/06/2018
10/07/2018

From their Facebook event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/2343580065869037/

Join us as we commemorate the 172nd Anniversary of a historic battle that was fought here on the property of the Dominguez Rancho. The 1846 Battle of Dominguez Rancho in Dominguez Hills also know as the Battle of the Old Woman’s Gun. In this two day living history event you will be able to experience the reenactment of the battle as well as the many aspects of life in Southern California during the 1800’s and the Mexican-American War come back to life in the present.

Come learn about some local early California History at the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum. We will be having a Living History Weekend covering The Battle of Dominguez Rancho aka The Battle of the Old Woman's Gun (October 8, 1846) which was a military engagement of the Mexican–American War (1846 to 1848), that took place right here in Southern California in 1846, one of the only battles in which the Californios and the Mexicans beat the American Military in California during 1846 to 1848. The American Military Force was made up of over 300 US Sailors and US Marines from the USS Savannah, and part of Fremont's California Battalion, which was made up of Bear Flaggers (civilians), Mountain Men, Californios, over 30 Native American Indians, and about 20 US Army personnel . The battle took place within Manuel Dominguez's 75,000-acre Rancho San Pedro, which today encompasses the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum.

Captain José Antonio Carrillo, leading 90 Californio troops, successfully held off an invasion of Pueblo de Los Angeles by some 300 United States Marines & Sailors, under the command of United States Navy Captain William Mervine, who was attempting to recapture the town after the Siege of Los Angeles. By strategically running horses across the dusty Dominguez hills while transporting their single small cannon to various sites, Carrillo and his troops convinced the Americans they had encountered a large enemy force. Faced with heavy casualties and the superior fighting skills displayed by the Californios, the remaining Marines & Sailors were forced to retreat to their ship docked in San Pedro Bay.

Commemorating this historical event, on October 6th through October 8th, 2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday and 10:00am to 4:00pm on Sunday. The public is invited to experience the battle re-enactment as well as many aspects of life during the 1800s, which include: civilian and military encampments, vendors, period music and dance. Activities include: Plenty of Interactive activities for everyone in the family including battle reenactments, period dancing, demonstrations of period woodworking, tortilla making, rope making, etc. Children’s activities will include: corn husk doll making, tortilla making, cattle roping demos, adobe brick making, gold panning, petting zoo with animals representing animals from the period.

The public is invited to attend this free event and is encouraged to also take a tour of The Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum located at 18127 South Alameda Street, Compton, CA 90220.

Living Historians representing early Californios (local civilians & rancho owners), US Marines & Sailors, and other impressions from the time period will be onsite.

Cost: Admission is Free!!! - We welcome donations from the public to continue bringing events, such as the Battle of Dominguez Rancho, to the public.

***Food and drinks will be available for purchase on both days***
***Donations are welcome to further fund the restoration of the adobe house, grounds, and future events***

Schedule of the Event:

Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Open at 10:00am
Flag Raising at 10:30am
Artillery Demonstration at Flag Raising.
1st Battle at 12:00Noon
Period Music & dance lessons 1:00pm to 2:00pm
2nd Battle at 2:30pm.
Other living history demonstrations throughout day.
Closing at 4:00pm after artillery demonstration at flag lowering.

Sunday 10:00am to 4:00pm

Open at 10:00am
Flag Raising at 10:30am
Artillery Demonstration at Flag Raising
1st Battle at 12:00Noon
Period Music & dance lessons 1:00pm to 2:00pm
2nd Battle at 2:30pm.
Other living history demonstrations throughout day.
Closing at 4:00pm after artillery demonstration at flag lowering.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase on site both days include Authentic Mexican Food, BBQ, Hot Dogs, snacks, Tea, as well as a Beer and Wine Garden, with a majority of the proceeds going to the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum.

Main Event Organizers are Ivan Workman (714-473-7272) and Roger Freely (714-797-2236).

PR & Media Contact: Kristi McHugh at: historyalivepr@gmail.com

Vendor & Reenactor Coordinators: Ivan Workman (714-473-7272) and Kristi McHugh at historyalivepr@gmail.com

If you would like to volunteer as a reenactor at this event let Ivan know you are coming or if you need a list of suppliers for period outfits, etc. Parking is still being worked out. A lot of changes are happening this year compared to prior years to make this event bigger and better than it has ever been in the past.

Safety Officer & Artillery Coordinator: Doug Carroll at (805-482-5764)

Museum Director: Luis Fernandez at (310-603-0088)

For Vendors & Reenactors: Setup can be as early as 9:00 am on Friday, Oct. 6th, 2016. Gates automatically shut and lock at 5:00 pm. Call Ivan or Luis if you plan on arriving after 5:00 pm to get in to set up or if you need to get back in after gates close on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Gate closes automatically at 5 pm. If you are arriving after 5 pm call Ivan Workman at 714-473-7272 cell. Those inside the gates can still get out at anytime but getting back in, you will need to contact us so we can let you in. Thanks!