Old Monterey Foundation is offering teachers and students throughout Monterey County the opportunity to schedule a weekday visit to the Lower Presidio Historic Park with a class walking tour conducted by historian Tim Thomas. We may also be able to help arrange reduced cost bus transportation for the visiting class. The park is walkable from downtown Monterey and Colton Hall with ample parking for buses.
Old Monterey Foundation also continues to team up with noted Monterey Bay historian and author, Tim Thomas to offer outstanding “Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tours” for the public on the third Saturday of every month from 10:00 AM – Noon
A recent class tour by instructor Karen Levy of Robert Down brought about 24 students and 6 chaperones to the Park. According to Levy, “Our visit to Colton Hall was both informative and engaging. Our docent was very knowledgeable and shared many interesting facts about California’s rich history. Students enjoyed the walking tour around the inside of Colton Hall, interacting with period-era clothing, as well as viewing copies of the original documents signed at this very site many years ago. My students and chaperones thoroughly enjoyed the walking tour of the Lower Presidio Historic Park. Tim possesses a plethora of knowledge about California’s history and he shared many fascinating stories with my students; especially those involving Monterey. Tim’s personal ties to the area and his passion for history shone through during his presentation. My students appreciated the Museum tour as well as the ability to be outside and enjoy the new Path of History walk around the park at the Presidio.”
If a teacher would like to arrange a class tour at the Lower Presidio Historic Park, please call Wendy Brickman at 831-633-4444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Lower Presidio Historic Park
There are new signs on Pacific Street and Lighthouse providing direction to the Presidio Museum and Park. Tours meet in front of the City of Monterey’s Presidio of Monterey Museum, 113 Corporal Ewing, Building #113. From Monterey, take Pacific Street past the Monterey Conference Center and the First Theater to the end of Pacific where it forks, take the left fork;, turn left onto Artillery Road, turn right on Corporal Ewing Road and follow it a short way to the Presidio of Monterey Museum in the center of the Park against the hill; from Pacific Grove, take Lighthouse Avenue in New Monterey, bear right to go onto Pacific Street and then go to Artillery Road, turn right, and then turn right on Corporal Ewing Road and follow it to the Presidio of Monterey Museum.
Locals and visitors can park their car at their hotel or in the City Garage and conveniently ride the free MST Trolley throughout Monterey! To easily reach the Lower Presidio Historic Park, exit the MST Trolley at the First Theater stop on Pacific Street and Scott Street. Walk along Pacific Street about a block to the end of Pacific where it forks. Take the left fork, and then turn left onto Artillery Road at the Park’s monument sign. Turn right on Corporal Ewing Road about halfway up the hill and follow it a short way to the Presidio of Monterey Museum in the center of the Park. Enjoy all our new interpretive signs, ADA accessible pathways, benches and tables and a gorgeous view. You can also visit the fascinating Presidio of Monterey Museum and walk up the hill on our ADA path to the beautiful Sloat Monument. Why not bring a picnic lunch and dine at this beautiful park, too!
Trolley map and schedule.
David A. Laws’ January 9 post and photographs at Travel Examiner describe Guillermo Wagner Granizo’s mosaic mural at the Monterey Conference Center, Lower Presidio Historic Park, and the November commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Hippolyte Bouchard’s attack on Monterey.
Photo: David A Laws, https://travelexaminer.net/montereys-mosaic-mural-memorializes-missions-marauding-mariners-more/
Wallace Baine’s September 6 article in the San Francisco Chronicle features the Lower Presidio Historic Park and Monterey’s role in California history.
“To the left of the entrance to the Lower Presidio Historic Park near downtown Monterey, tucked neatly by the off-ramp from Lighthouse Avenue, is a tiny, inconspicuous shaded oak grove that is one of the most significant plots of land in all of California. It’s there in 1602 that Spanish explorer Sebastian Vizcaino and his men gathered for the first Catholic Mass on California soil…”
Bring your friends and family to visit the Lower Presidio Historic Park, located up the hill off of Pacific Street near Downtown Monterey. The Old Monterey Foundation and the City of Monterey recently added several new picnic tables, including one that is ADA accessible, at the Lower Presidio Historic Park. There are now a total of eight convenient picnic tables and five benches on site at this beautiful park.
In 2017, Old Monterey Foundation raised funds to install a monument sign on Pacific Street to make it even easier to find the park. Old Monterey Foundation also installed eight new interpretive signs, a white wooden perimeter fence, and two new ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible pathways of the Harbor Trail which extends to the Serra Monument and the Vista Trail that goes up the hill to the Sloat Monument.
The 25.3-acre Lower Presidio Historic Park also features a gorgeous view of the Monterey Bay and Old Fisherman’s Wharf. When you visit the park, please leave it as clean and pristine as you found it. Be sure to pack up and take all of your trash.
Also, check out the informative Old Monterey Foundation’s Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tours every third Saturday of the month from 10:00 am – Noon with respected local Historian Tim Thomas. The next tour will be held on Saturday, July 21st.
Old Monterey Foundation invites everyone to become a Friend of the Lower Presidio and make a tax-deductible donation to more quickly restore the park.
The City of Monterey Outreach Office has produced an informative short video about the Lower Presidio Historic Park and its significance to California and American history.
Nueva California: A Two-Part Novel of Latino California & The Carmel Mission by Todd Cook includes mentions of the Presidio of Monterey and the Lower Presidio Historic Park.
Volume 1: Though young Diego is a performing “superstar” of the Mexico City stages, he has made enemies and must flee to distant Nueva California in 1775. Taking refuge at beautiful, but remote Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo, Diego believes his time there will be brief. He teaches music at the mission and serves under his spiritual idol, Father Junipero Serra. Then, Diego meets Antonia, an Indian maiden with whom he becomes smitten. He takes his romantic pursuit too far, however. Fearing their indiscretion will be discovered, Diego devises a plan whereby he and Antonia can escape the mission.
Volume 2: Diego’s attempt to spirit Antonia away from Nueva California ends in tragedy—Antonia is killed by enemy warriors in the Valley of the Oaks, not far from Mission San Antonio. Diego is arrested and brought back to the Bay of Monterey. After a brief time of imprisonment, Father Serra banishes the bitter and grief- stricken Diego from the territory. At first, Diego is relieved to be free of Nueva California, but a few years later, finds himself pulled back. He returns to the Bay of Monterey to seek redemption and live within sight of the mission he comes to love over the years: Mission San Carlos Borromeo. Diego will live to see the mission reach its peak, become secularized under Mexican rule, then finally become abandoned in the 1830’s. Diego will die within the mission ruins in 1857.
The City of Monterey has posted a new video on the Lower Presidio Historic Park, featuring its celebrated history and recent improvements.
More information about the Lower Presidio Historic Park.