The Peralta Adobe
The Peralta Adobe along with the Fallon House offer a unique look into
San Jose's historic past. Located in the heart of downtown San Jose in the
famous San Pedro Square district, these two historic Landmarks and their
furnishings illustrate the daily life in the early periods of "El Pueblo
Across the street from the Fallon House, incredibly, the Peralta Adobe has
survived 200 years of a rapidly changing city. The home is oldest building
in San Jose as well as the only remaining structure from the original Pueblo
de Guadalupe. Now fully-furnished, the adobe and its grounds faithfully
illustrate daily life in San Jose during its Spanish and Mexican periods.
In 1807, Luis Peralta was appointed "Comisionado" of the Pueblo, an office
which he held until 1822 when a change of flags from Spain to the Mexican
Republic abolished his post. As a "Comisionado", Peralta supervised the
government of San Jose and was considered the pre-eminent Pueblo official.
Because the primary function of San Jose was to supply the nearby presidios
with foodstuffs, Peralta was required to be thorough in his supervision of
farming and public works. During his lifetime, four flags flew over his adobe:
the Spanish flag, the Mexican flag, the Bear Flag, and finally, the American
Flag. Peralta died in 1851.
The Peralta Adobe along with the Fallon House (across the street) are open for tours from
11.00 a.m.-4.00 p.m, Thursday-Sunday. Admission charges for both historic
sites: $6 Adults; $5 Seniors: $3 Youths.
Inside the Peralta Adobe
Winner of reverse design for 1996 San Jose Coin Club Medal (See below)
For more information write to the San Jose Coin Club at P.O. Box 5621, San Jose, CA 95150.
Reverse of San Jose Coin Club 1996 Medal
To see Obverse of medal go to Fallon House Page
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