We passed the San Gabriel Mission on our drive from the Huntington Library to Bamboodles, so we went back to take a closer look. This is the bell tower at the mission, which was founded in 1771 and moved here in 1774 due to a flood.
When they were building this place, there was a lot of trouble brewing in the Colonies on the other side of the continent. The museum was closed by the time we got there, but the outside was interesting.
The big gates that lead to the Grapevine Arbor which supports a grapevine that was planted in 1861 were closed. This guy hangs out above the gates.
Oh look! The locked gates from the inside!
Being curious types, Kitty and I walked around to take a look at the Mission Playhouse and found an open door. There’s a senior center in this complex, and we found access to the courtyards within.
Kitty reads the plaque that tells the history of the grapevine. It is well tended.
And yes, we did sample a couple of the small dark grapes that hung down. Tart and seedy.
The Mission Playhouse is putting on a production of The Wizard of Oz. While we were there two little girls and their father asked us if we knew where the rehearsal was being held. I’ll bet this place is really magical in the evenings when it’s lit up.
Tiles like this one are embedded in the sidewalks around the Mission District. What a terrific way to get kids involved in the community. They must be proud of their contribution to this place.
Another view of the mission before we hit the road for home.