Community members are helping raise funds for a historical site and the oldest home in San Luis Obispo County.
The Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos (DANA Adobe) and Cultural Center hosted a drive-thru barbecue fundraiser at Cool Hand Luke's in Santa Maria as way for community members to support the historical site.
The non-profit has had to close its office due to California's extended stay-at-order orders, but the surrounding trails and gift shop remain open to the public.
The non-profit was established in 1999 with a focus on saving the crumbling adobe and getting national recognition.
Rudy Stowell, president of the DANA Adobe and Cultural Center says the DANA Adobe's 200-year history makes it an important Central Coast landmark.
"It's all about experience and learning. We like kids to come out there, get their hands dirty, they can actually make adobe bricks. We have school tours that are hopefully going to start again in 2021," Stowell said.
Money pledged by donors as well as funding from the federal government are helping the historical site continue operations.
The DANA property is a unique venue hosting Nipomo’s largest community events including NatureFest, Heritage Days, Taste of Nipomo, outdoor concerts, chamber mixers, etc.
Over the last 20 years, the restoration of the Adobe is complete; 30 acres of surrounding land purchased, 100 acres east of the Adobe permanently protected, and a Cultural Center was added to the property to host a revolving gallery with a multitude of exhibits and events.