This National Register site is the restored 1860 ranch residence of John and Maria Merced Rains. It is one of the oldest fired brick structures still standing in San Bernardino County. It was in disrepair when it was purchased and restored by Edwin Motsinger in 1919. In 1948 it was sold to Mr. and Mrs. William P. Nesbit, in 1960 to Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin C. Stevens, and in 1969 to S.V. Hunsaker, Jr. Left vacant and vandalized, community members worked to save it and with the aid of a 1971 student march brought the attention of the community to its plight. The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors purchased the property in October 1971, and the Casa de Rancho Cucamonga Historical Society was formed in 1972 to help maintain its ongoing restoration and preservation.
The San Bernardino County Museum may close at 5:00 p.m., but most evenings are busy with meetings and programs. Clubs and special interest groups schedule regular meetings throughout the year. Workshops, seminars, and even concerts are scheduled into the Fisk Gallery, the Schuiling Gallery, the Hall of History, and many other smaller meeting areas. Whether for a monthly meeting or a special event, you should explore the possibilities of meeting at the museum.
For room reservations and fee information, contact Eric Prien at email@example.com or (909) 307-2669 ext 269 / TDD/TTY: (909) 792-1462.
The Mission San Gabriel's Rancho San Bernardino Asistencia has been hosting weddings since its restoration was completed in 1937. Up to 100 of your guests can attend your wedding in the mission chapel. The gatehouse is reserved for the convenience of the bride and her attendants. If you prefer, a beautiful courtyard wedding can accommodate more than 300 of your guests. The gated courtyard is accented by a century-old olive tree, pomegranate trees, and blooming desert plants. Your ceremony comes alive under a white arch trellis decorated with green ivy. The Asistencia also welcomes outdoor receptions. The Asistencia has a resident minister who, if you wish, will meet with you to create your special ceremony.
For more information about weddings and receptions, contact Eric Prien at firstname.lastname@example.org. For a tour of the site, call the site manager at (909) 793-5402.
The San Bernardino County Museum installed temporary exhibits in Victorville's courthouse lobbies and hallways to honor the U.S. bicentennial in 1976. These exhibits were the catalyst for the formation of a nonprofit museum, chartered in 1978. Displays remained in the courthouse for more than a decade until the Victor Valley Museum opened in Apple Valley in 1992. The museum operated as a non-profit entity sustained by volunteers until it became a branch of the San Bernardino County Museum system in 2010. Exhibits in the Victor Valley Museum are organized around the theme, "Discover Your Own Backyard." Visitors will enjoy learning about the archaeology and anthropology, history, geology and paleontology, and biological sciences of the high desert.
The Yucaipa Adobe is believed to be one of the oldest adobe houses in the county. Located on a beautiful two-acre site, the Yucaipa Adobe's grounds offers opportunities for special events, family reunions, and garden weddings of any size. The site manager is also an ordained minister who will be happy to help you plan your celebration.
For additional information or to arrange a tour of the site, call (909) 795-3485.
Fees help support the preservation of these branch museum sites.