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Paul Lemieux

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Does anybody know about "Ramona's Wedding Place" in San Diego, CA? I have seen it on a couple of souvenir spoons, and did not know what it meant.

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Though considerably less specific in its geographical and architectural particulars then Helen Hunt Jackson's novel Ramona, an 1887 front-page article,in the San Diego Union declared the Estudillo House to be "Ramona's Marriage Place." This is allegedly the site where Ramona and Alessandro's names were entered into Father Gaspara's marriage records. The actual ceremony, though it is not described in the novel, was performed in the chapel. Such details aside, it was the Estudillo adobe which earned the title 'Ramona's Marriage Place' and which, in turn, led to several decades of tourist promotion of the building in this role.

Casa de Estudillo (click here for more info)

Construction of the most famous Old Town adobe began in 1827 and was completed in 1829 by Captain Jose Maria de Estudillo, commander of the San Diego presidio. When he died in 1830, the house passed to his son, Jose Antonio Estudillo, who served as revenue collector, treasurer, alcalde, and judge of San Diego under Mexican rule and later treasurer and assessor of San Diego County under American rule. He married Maria Victoria Dominguez and their family lived there until 1887. The original adobe home was restored in 1910 with funds provided by the Spreckels family, under the direction of Architect Hazel Waterman; it was donated to the State by Mr. Legler Benbough; furnishings were provided with the assistance of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America. The museum now features furnished rooms and a working kitchen and large courtyard.

More information may be available from:

Ramona Pioneer Historical Society
645 Main Street (P.O. Box 625)
Ramona, CA 92065

The wishing well at Ramona's Marriage Place

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