Friends of the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe Volunteer Recognition


Board Members: L-R, Karen Keusseyan (Treasurer), Nancy Healey (Gift Shop), Nancy Montgomery (Secretary), Mary Gafner (President), Jan Zelasko (Communications/Past Pres), Laura Chandler-Jacobson (DAR), Nancy Flanders (VP, Membership). Missing from photo-Carol Lang (Acquisitions).

On April 10, 1852, William Dunn, an American soldier, deeded property to Jesus Machedo for $3,000. He constructed the first of many rooms to which we now refers to as the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe. They were fashioned so well that they exist to this day. So the history of the adobe began.

Sunday, August 13th, an Awards Luncheon was held at the Adobe to recognize the volunteers who gave hundreds of hours to keep that history alive. This group of people were acknowledged for over 2600 hours of service dedicated to the RBV Adobe in the last year.

L-R Carolyn Wagenseller (DAR), Carol Moon (DAR), Mary Gafner (RBVA), Laura Chandler-Jacobson (DAR)
Jan Zelasco, Honored Volunteer with 400 hrs
Jan Zelasco and Rob Anderson, City of Vista Liason
Merry Nickerson, Docent of the Year
Peggy Zachary, 25 yr pin
Nancy Montgomery, 15 yr. pin
Carolyn Wagenseller, 5 yr pin
Pat Fellows 25 yr pin
Nancy Montgomery, 15 yr pin
L-R Jan Zelasko and Karen Keusseyan

We are currently recruiting volunteers to assist with special events, but even more importantly, we need more trained docents. Our docents provide tours of the property for visitors, run the gift shop, work with the collections, and help in the office. Please send a message to if you are interested in learning more about volunteering at the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe.

Adobe Days at the Rancho is when elementary schools and scouting groups visit and learn about life in Vista in the 19th century. Adobe Days docents actually work for the City of Vista and receive special training to ensure that learning activities are tied to core curriculum. If you are interested in assisting with Adobe Days, please contact Margie White at the City of Vista: (760) 639-6164.


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