Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The Old Adobe
Mr. Ammi Hawks purchased 20 acres of property in 1881, and in 1887 he began to develop his ranch, planting oranges and lemons. He also imported from Japan the then-famous "Oonshiu" orange, a tangerine-type fruit, which I believe is now referred to as the Satsuma orange/tangerine. In 1895, Mr. Hawks built this adobe building for the purpose of curing his lemons.
The building was constructed from adobe soil from near the mouth of Bailey Canyon, along with straw and water. It had one door and no windows, a dirt floor and a ventilator in the roof. The building made a perfect place to cure lemons, due to its being dark and cool year-round.
Through the years, the Old Adobe has served many purposes, including being part of the Suman pottery factory, the meeting place for the V.F.W. (before they had their own building), and an early location of the Creative Arts Group. It is now the home of the Ixora Floral Studio, as well as Gallery 39, which opened in May of this year.